On TV this morning, I watched with interest Paul Manafort, the old pro brought in to guide the Trump ship in to port. A long time lobbyist with a storied list of clients here and abroad, Mr. Manafort came to the campaign through a mutual protégé of he and Donald Trump.
Roger Stone. The Nixon dirty trickster and long time dabbler in the dark side of politics recommended Mr. Manafort.
I had the interesting good fortune to meet Mr. Stone at Hofstra University prior to the 2010 Gubernatorial debate. We had chatted on the phone a few times as he was helping Kristin Davis with her effort to land ballot status for a new party. In the end Mr. Stone's efforts were eclipsed by the Rent's Too High guy who became the novelty candidate.
However, the chance to meet Mr. Stone was a highlight of the year for me as it was an insight into how politics works at this level. That's why I am so interested in Mr. Manafort. He is one smooth dude and knows how to play the game of life and politics.
The Trump campaign is well served by Roger's buddy running the show.
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