Vivek Ramaswamy’s nationwide political director is switching Republican groups and heading to former President Donald J. Trump’s marketing campaign.
The political director, Brian Swensen, has resigned and plans to hitch Mr. Trump’s re-election effort, a spokeswoman for Mr. Ramaswamy stated on Wednesday. The information was first reported by The Messenger.
The transfer got here as Mr. Ramaswamy, whose marketing campaign for the 2024 Republican nomination has plateaued within the polls, is barnstorming the early main states within the closing weeks earlier than the beginning of the first season in Iowa and New Hampshire in January. Mr. Swensen was with Mr. Ramaswamy in New Hampshire over the weekend. Within the coming weeks, he’ll help with the Trump marketing campaign’s operation in Nevada forward of the state’s caucuses in February.
Tricia McLaughlin, the Ramaswamy marketing campaign’s spokeswoman, stated that Mr. Swensen had left on good phrases and that the transfer had been “within the course of for some time.” Mr. Ramaswamy has repeatedly praised Mr. Trump, the Republican front-runner, whom he trails by double digits, typically calling him the “greatest president of the twenty first century.”
“We love Brian, and we simply need him to be completely satisfied in life and in his profession,” Ms. McLaughlin stated, including, “Everybody noticed it very a lot as not a shock and in addition as a constructive transfer for Brian to take a distinct path.”
Mr. Swensen didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Mr. Swensen is a longtime Republican guide. He labored on Ron DeSantis’s marketing campaign for Florida governor in 2018 and served as deputy marketing campaign supervisor for Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 re-election marketing campaign. He had moved to New Hampshire to give attention to the Ramaswamy marketing campaign’s operation there a number of months in the past, lengthy earlier than Mr. Ramaswamy moved his marketing campaign headquarters and full-time employees members from Ohio to Iowa and New Hampshire this month.
His earlier duties might be taken over by Mike Biundo, who was a former senior adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign and who beforehand ran Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential marketing campaign. Mr. Biundo joined the Ramaswamy marketing campaign a month and a half in the past and has overseen a lot of the marketing campaign’s New Hampshire operation since he got here on board, Ms. McLaughlin stated.