Donald Trump's transition team doesn't want former aide, CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski to join

The future for Lewandowski is uncertain, perhaps because lots of people don't like him

By Matthew Rozsa

Published November 15, 2016 8:24PM (EST)

Corey Lewandowski   (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Corey Lewandowski (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

If Donald Trump plans on finding a powerful administration position for Corey Lewandowski, the man who served as his first campaign manager during the 2016 election, he will meet with strong resistance from much of Team Trump.

"Some of Donald Trump’s key loyalists are quietly lining up in opposition to the prospect of tapping the president-elect’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for a key role, according to about a dozen Trump allies and other influential Republicans," reported Politico on Tuesday.

According to the article, many sources close to Trump's transition agenda believe Lewandowski is under consideration either for a White House staff post or the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. The latter position seems unlikely to go to him, since current chairman Reince Priebus is reputed to dislike Lewandowski and would prefer an alternative — like Trump's deputy campaign manager David Bossie;the RNC's liaison to state parties, Matt Pinnell; or Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who is Mitt Romney's niece.

Prior to the 2016 election, Lewandowski's most important political experience was running an unsuccessful New Hampshire Senate race in 2002.

The Tuesday Politico article also mentioned Lewandowski's reputation for aggressive behavior and an inability to maintain positive professional relationships with his colleagues and pointed to his poor working relationship with Priebus, who is soon to be Trump's White House chief of staff, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and influential adviser.

This may be why Roger Stone, another political operative and close Trump adviser, sent out this tweet on Friday:

After Lewandowski was fired as Trump's campaign manager in June (at Priebus' and Kushner's behest), he signed on to be a commentator on CNN. He resigned from that position on the Friday after Trump's election.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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