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Wishing All These Old Things Were New

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The Trump 24 campaign does not exactly suggest that Trump is somehow a massive break in Republican tactics.

The former president has told aides he is eager for this campaign to resemble his 2016 effort, the top campaign adviser said.

Wiles — the daughter of the late football player and television sportscaster Pat Summerall — helped lead Trump’s Florida team to victory in 2016 and 2020. She is a polite yet steely grandmother who has managed to command the respect of Trump’s fractious orbit and speaks frequently with Trump, having led his PAC for the past year. Trump has told others he trusts her political instincts after she helped him win Florida twice. She has deep ties in Florida politics, and an acrimonious relationship with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a potential Trump foe in 2024. She ran DeSantis’s campaign in 2018 for governor and has previously worked for Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida.

LaCivita, a Virginia-based political consultant, helped lead the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth campaign against John F. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee. During the 2020 campaign, he ran Preserve America PAC — a group that spent over $100 million to support Trump and was funded almost entirely by entities linked to Sheldon Adelson, the late Las Vegas casino magnate.

So Pat Summerall’s daughter and the guy who helped run the Officially Respectable and Decent Republican Presidential Campaign of 2004, a year noted for its civility. Wow, this is a huge shift!

Incidentally, Summerall himself was a far-right figure who frequently spoke at evangelical churches after his retirement from calling football games. Saw billboards for his talks when I would be driving through Dallas/Fort Worth back in the late 2000s.

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