Campaign sources have confirmed that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump dismissed veteran campaign strategist Ed Brookover on Monday.
Although the Trump campaign released a statement confirming Brookover was no longer advising the New York businessman’s bid for the White House, no one inside the Trump camp would disclose the basis for Brookover’s departure.
“The campaign has parted ways with Ed, but we are thankful to him for his many contributions and appreciate his continued support,” read the statement from the Trump campaign.
With over 30 years of experience in GOP political campaigns, Brookover once served as the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) national field director during the 1986 mid-term elections and in 1988, served as the national political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Between service with the RNC and directing political campaigns, Brookover also held a position with Greener and Hook, a Alexandria, Virginia-based communications firm, was a part of former Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s re-election campaign and briefly served as the campaign manager for 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson.
Hired by Mr. Trump in March, Brookover was the liaison between the Trump campaign, the RNC and Congressional Republicans.
It is speculated Brookover was dismissed as part of a shakeup of campaign staff after a bad week of public relations for the campaign.
Trump now trails Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by seven points in an average of the latest national polls, after being tied as late as July 29.
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