Brian Swensen, GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s national political director, said he will take a position working with Donald Trump’s campaign.
The Messenger first reported the developments.
Swensen “confirmed that he will take a new job working closely with Trump campaign senior adviser Susie Wiles in the upper echelon of the Trump campaign,” the outlet wrote.
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Per The Messenger:
The move is a blow to Ramaswamy, who soared to prominence over the summer but has struggled to maintain his momentum in the Republican primary. Ramaswamy is polling at around 5% in support in the average of national Republican polling compiled by 538. Trump’s lead in the race has climbed to about 60% nationwide, according to 538.
Swensen is a close ally of Wiles’ dating back to their work together on Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s 2010 run for governor.Advertisement
Brian Swensen, the former national political director for presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, jumped ship to join Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, both campaigns confirmed to The Messenger. https://t.co/CLDrUQTEU9
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 29, 2023
🚨Report: Vivek Ramaswamy National Political Director Brian Swensen is officially joining the 2024 Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/10fm4fNYk6
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“Brian Swensen was a member of Ramaswamy’s New Hampshire team, playing an active part in the campaign’s efforts across the state,” NBC News reports.
“He was also planning a trip to Nevada in the upcoming weeks to check on the campaign’s efforts there,” the outlet added.
Per NBC News:
Mike Biundo, a partner with the consulting firm Ascent Strategic Group who once served as presidential campaign manager for Rick Santorum, joined the Ramaswamy campaign about a month ago as national senior adviser and is now taking the lead in New Hampshire, according to a Ramaswamy aide.
“We wish him the best in his career,” the aide added regarding Swensen.
Swensen’s exit comes after a member of Ramaswamy’s digital team also left earlier this month, according to another person familiar with that move.