Trump won’t endorse yet in Georgia special election – but a top ally will

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, talks with reporters as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The White House said Wednesday it wouldn’t yet wade into Georgia’s special election, which Donald Trump’s critics are trying to make an early referendum on his presidency. In fact, you can listen to Trump spokesman Sean Spicer hem and haw on the topic, thanks to this sound clip sent by WSB Radio’s Jamie Dupree:

But a Trump loyalist got key support from a leader of his 2016 campaign. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski swung through Alpharetta on Wednesday evening to back Bruce LeVell, a businessman who headed Trump’s diversity coalition.

He said LeVell is someone who can “go to Washington to carry forward the change that Donald Trump brought there.” Click here to watch the video.

In the 18-candidate April 18 special election, LeVell is positioning himself as Trump’s biggest ally in the race. He said he would have voted “100 percent” for the doomed GOP healthcare plan, and he tells voters of his close ties to Trump and his administration.

But he’s facing stiff competition from other pro-Trump Republicans in the race, including former Johns Creek councilman Bob Gray, whose TV ad featured him with a water pump prepared to drain a swamp.

 


 

They are taking calculated risks that tying themselves to Trump won’t sink them in a ruby-red district that Trump barely won in November. Many of the other Republicans – there are 11 GOP candidates in the race – hardly mention Trump’s name or stress the need for an independent check on the White House in Congress.

Lewandowski is a divisive figure in his own right. After he was fired in June 2016 as Trump’s campaign manager, he took a job as a CNN commentator while continuing a role as an informal adviser to the Republican. Since then he’s launched a lobbying and consulting firm that advertises his ties to the president.

Republicans are increasingly fighting over what appears to be one slot in a likely June 20 runoff between the two top vote-getters. Democrat Jon Ossoff, with a “Make Trump Furious” campaign and more than $3.5 million in contributions, seems to be consolidating support among left-leaning voters.

Many GOP analysts now see Ossoff as a shoo-in to land the most votes in the special election for the seat, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. That’s prompted the 11 Republicans to sharpen their attacks on each other – and Ossoff.

Insider’s note: This was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt.

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

An 18-candidate debate shows how jumbled Georgia special election is

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race

House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

 

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28 comments
Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

LOL..that should be the kiss of death..He is such a sought after spokesman. ..Ok...

Anne Reusche
Anne Reusche

I wish he would stay out of it till it's over.

Frank Castaneda
Frank Castaneda

Our President has a lot more on his mind. He is continuing to make our country great again, the last 8 dark years have done some damage that needs to be repaired. The division Barry left is very obvious

Elizabeth Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman

Question is WHO is Price Endorsing? It was his District & his Supporters who sent him to D.C.! What's to make them Turncoats?

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

Why is the so called president getting involved in local politics?

Melissa Salas Blair
Melissa Salas Blair

This pathetic liar and poli nut job Corey endorsed?! Lol. GOP is slumming it having these repugnant fools involved. A once proud party is now run by con artists, traitors and perverts. #GrabThem

Christian Meehan
Christian Meehan

Since I can't open this article can someone please tell me who the ally is and who he is endorsing

Edward Mauger
Edward Mauger

You should be able to view it with private browsing

Garret M. Russo
Garret M. Russo

I also saw this news from another source a few days agi

Christian Meehan
Christian Meehan

Haha that was my guess... do you pay for the ajc subscription?

Garret M. Russo
Garret M. Russo

No I just haven't used up my "free" articles for the month yet

Ted Wetherby
Ted Wetherby

They must be very worried about losing the 6th district cpac's in Washington are buying smear campaign's against Ossoff they are looking for names to represent their candidates. Hmm there is something happening here. What gets me is someone creates a video and people believe it without research, I seen it on TV he is a liar I watched a video and it said something different research please.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

I don't know - it's hard for me to see any ties to Russia. except for the Flynn thing and the Manafort thing and the Tillerson thing and the Nunes thing and the Sessions thing and the Azerbaijan thing and the house trump sold for $100 million in the crater of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king and that same guy's plane showing up in Concord, NC during campaign (when trump had a rally there) and at Mar a Lago several times. and the Cyprus bank thing and trump not releasing his tax returns and the GOP platform change to soften Ukraine and the Steele Dossier and, etc. Other than that - I can only think of about 100 other things that show any possible connections, so not sure if it warrants an investigation.

Bill Stockstill
Bill Stockstill

And Trump criticizing literally hundreds of people and places during the election, enough to fill two full newspaper pages, EXCEPT Russia and Putin.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Donald Trump won that district by 1 point. Whomever he endorses it will likely hurt them

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

And we don't really like Price too much nowadays. He's a crook who traded stocks illegally to benefit himself. He's where he belongs, in the illegitimate WH, for sure.

Paul Maner
Paul Maner

Wonderful point of view from establishment supporters. All one needs to know, is Tom Price won bigly. See what I did there? Where is Mr. Price now?

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

It's true. No one cares who won last time, too many smart folks live in the 6th to let a Trump minion get elected.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Paul Maner HOw is that not true? He did not resonate at all in this district.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Paul Maner Establishment supporters? We are in the Trump era now. Tom Price is busy failing to help get a healthcare bill through the House after 6 years of claiming to have something. That's where Tom Price is now. Early voting turnout I have seen the numbers Dems lead second to people who have never voted in primaries before.

Donna Jo Glidden
Donna Jo Glidden

It was easy for a republican to win the 6th since it's been gerrymandered for the last 30 years. Tic toc tic toc

Judith Lewis
Judith Lewis

\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f921 I have 1prayer and that dump endorseso they will loose bigggggglllyy