President Trump is the leader of the free world. And he got that job by surrounding himself with good people, including some strong women. None is stronger or more powerful than Kellyanne Conway.Perfect #Yankees game. 6-run come from behind 9th inning, all 4 kids here & waitress asked for my ID #NewYork pic.twitter.com/LrFWQ2d4F5— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 30, 2016
She has his ear, and his trust. They've known each other for a decade.
Just three months ago, Conway took over a floundering Trump campaign. He had wanted her all along, but she chose to join the Cruz campaign. On August 13, he brought in her as campaign manager and Steve Bannon as campaign CEO.
From Trump's press release when he hired her:
Republican campaign strategist Kellyanne Conway, Founder and President of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend, a privately held, woman-owned corporation, has been promoted to Campaign Manager. Paul Manafort will remain as Campaign Chairman and Chief Strategist.
“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” said Mr. Trump. “I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election, and ultimately become President because our country cannot afford four more years of the failed Obama-Clinton policies which have endangered our financial and physical security.”Her Washington roots are deep. Her lawyer husband was in on the Paula Jones lawsuit. She is a lawyer who studied at Oxford. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant. I love the sound of liberal heads exploding in the ayem.
In 1995, she started the Polling Company. Clients over the years include Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, Congressman Steve King, Michele Bachmann, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Family Research Council.
Married in 2001, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick took her husband's name. They went on to have four kids. Makes it easier to be a family if everyone has the same last name and it isn't a mile long.
In 2006, as a member of the condo board of the Trump World Tower in Manhattan, that is how she met Trump.
She's tough as nails, just like any successful man in politics. The New Yorker portrayed her as a lion tamer last month (it is a cute cartoon, and folks, let's have fun with this presidency; I refuse to be thin-skinned). She told the magazine: “I've been in a very male-dominated business for decades. I found, particularly early on, that there’s plenty of room for passion, but there’s very little room for emotion. I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t be fooled, because I am a man by day'."
If Trump is followed by the first woman president, my money is on Conway. We don't know how long she will last in the administration, but Trump has given her the opportunity to succeed.