Former Trump campaign manager and top White House aide Kelian Conway will serve as a senior adviser to Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, his campaign announced Thursday.
Conway, 54, led former President Trump’s campaign before the 2016 election and later served as a senior White House adviser. Moreno is one of several Republican candidates vying to replace retired Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
“Bernie is not a politician. He is a conservative, a political outsider and a successful businessman, just like President Donald J. Trump,” Conway said in a statement. “He has lived the American dream and wants to protect it for future generations. The Ohio people need a fighter like Bernie Moreno to speak up and stand up for them in Washington.”
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Conway is the second senior official in the Trump administration to support the Senate campaign in Moreno. Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence and US ambassador to Germany during Trump’s tenure, is chairman of Moreno’s national campaign committee.
Other prominent contenders include former Ohio OP chairman Jane Timken and former state treasurer Josh Mandel. Trump has not yet approved a candidate for the CSO nomination.
“President Donald J. Trump is fighting for the American people and has brought tremendous victories to us in terms of taxes, judges, military recovery and adopting a culture of abolition,” Moreno said. “We are building such a team. I am glad that Kelian is joining us in our own struggle to protect the gains made by President Trump and to stop the socialist program.”
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A prominent Cleveland businessman, Moreno has pledged not to “take money from corporate PACs” and to support efforts to “repress China” if elected. Fox News was the first to announce the launch of its campaign.