Trump hires Florida chief strategist, new pollster

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Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday announced two major hires as he ramps up his staffing heading into the general election.

Trump named Karen Giorno as his team’s chief Florida strategist and senior political adviser, and Kellyanne Conway as a polling strategist.

{mosads}“Kellyanne is a tremendous asset to our rapidly-expanding campaign team,” Trump said in a statement. “She is a data and messaging expert and terrific on TV. It is great to have her on board.”

“Karen is a valuable asset to my team and a consummate professional,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee added.

“She has done tremendous for me in Florida in the primary, which I won in a landslide, and I am certain we will win again in Florida in the general election.”

Trump brought on Giorno last year as his campaign’s Florida state director for the primary.

She was promoted to southeast regional political director after Trump won the Sunshine State’s winner-take-all primary in March.

Conway is the founder and president of The Polling Company Inc. and WomanTrend.

Conway will serve alongside polling director Tony Fabrizio and function as a senior adviser to campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Trump said Conway is especially adept at polling female voters.

She previously served as president of Keep the Promise PAC I, which was aligned with Ted Cruz before the Texas senator suspended his White House run in May.

Trump’s new appointments come less than three weeks before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.


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