The Donald Trump campaign has enlisted an outside pollster to help its 2020 election campaign, a sign of how confident Trump is that he can keep his party in control of the Senate and push the agenda through.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Michael L. Pausch, a former adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and an expert on the GOP, will serve as the campaign’s director of voter outreach.
The Post reported that Pauszch has been hired to help “develop and execute plans and messaging to connect with voters in key swing states in 2018, as well as to develop strategies to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2020.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pusch was a top adviser to Rubio’s presidential campaign in 2016 and served as an adviser to Gov.
Mike Pence (R) during his successful reelection bid in 2020.
But he has also worked for several other Republican candidates, including former Gov.
Jeb Bush (R).
Pauszik, who has not been shy about speaking out against his party’s establishment, is one of Trump’s most vocal critics of the party establishment.
He has criticized Rubio for using campaign money to buy television ads attacking the Trump administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria, as the Florida governor was criticized for doing.
The Trump-Pence campaign has defended Pauschy as a “very smart person” and a “good friend of mine,” the Washington Post noted.
In 2016, Pauszel was hired by the Trump campaign as a political strategist, according to the Post.
The newspaper also noted that Puszik “has a long history of working for Republican candidates and has been a longtime GOP operative, having worked with the campaigns of both Republican Sens.
Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) in the 1990s.”
The Post cited a person familiar with the campaign as saying that Pusczycz would be joining a staff that “will be staffed by more than a dozen experienced campaign operatives and operatives from the outside, including a seasoned GOP pollster and former campaign manager for Jeb Bush.”
The person also said Pauszycz “will have extensive experience in running a successful campaign and will be well positioned to take the next steps in that effort.”
Trump has repeatedly dismissed polling showing him losing the 2020 election to Clinton, despite widespread polls showing him winning the popular vote.
In early January, Trump claimed that “we’re going to win this election, we’re going.
The president has repeatedly denied the polls, telling reporters on January 13 that the polls are “fake” and “fake news.”
But polls have consistently shown Trump with a significant lead in the polls and in some polls that include Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
In addition to his presidential campaign, Puszzik has been the campaign director for Pence’s successful reelection campaign in 2020 and has advised Republican congressional candidates in the state of Pennsylvania.
He is also a longtime Republican consultant, having previously worked for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid in 2012 and 2012 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.).
He was also a consultant for former Florida Gov.
Rick Scott (R), who also lost to Clinton in 2016.
In 2018, Puskys campaign paid Pauszag to do work for Scott’s campaign.
Puskies office was the subject of a complaint by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that the campaign failed to disclose its financial ties to Pauscz, as required by state law.
Trump has also repeatedly dismissed the polling showing that he was losing the election to the Clinton campaign, though he has repeatedly argued that the “vast majority” of the polls showed him winning.
The polling data is also inconsistent, and many polls, including those from ABC News, Gallup and the Real Clear Politics average showed Trump winning by a larger margin than the polls reported by the campaigns.