Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:22 PM
kentuck (79,402 posts)
A new name came up at the hearing today.
"I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski. In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move. I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I'm resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Let's make this immediate," Caputo wrote in a letter to campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to a copy obtained by CNN.
Caputo had been quietly helping to build Trump's convention's caucus operations team ahead of Cleveland, and was serving as communications director for caucus operations.
The campaign was scheduled to release its caucus operations team on Tuesday, according to a convention source.
The team, part of campaign chairman Paul Manafort's convention operation, will serve as a liaison between Trump's campaign and the national convention staff and has been meeting with RNC staff on the ground in Cleveland for the last two and a half weeks -- marking a big step toward creating a more traditional political machine for a campaign built on nonconformity.
...more at link (from last summer)
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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:27 PM
wishstar (1,085 posts)
1. Yes, and he has deep Russian connections per this new article today:
Who is Michael Caputo?
The man whose name popped up Monday when the House Intelligence Committee quizzed FBI Director James Comey should be familiar to Western New Yorkers. In recent years, the right-wing public relations professional has been all over the place, making all sorts of statements. Now, Congress members are attempting to link Caputo to Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Caputo is known here locally as a fill-in radio host and commentator for WBEN, as well as the campaign manager for Carl Paladino when he ran for governor. But much of Caputo's understanding about the world and international politics is framed by the six years he spent working in Russia, leveraging personal and political connections under the auspices of the State Department and then as the head of his own Russian public relations firm.
But despite his recollections of partying with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his work with current President Vladimir Putin since the days when Putin was still a mid-level bureaucrat, Caputo says there's no connection between his work in Russia and the current allegations of Russian interference in the election.