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Could a GOP Strategist Be Howard Schultz’s Top Campaign Adviser in 2020?

Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt renounced the GOP on Wednesday. Is he positioning himself to become a senior adviser on Schultz's 2020 campaign?

By NTK Staff | 06.21.2018 @5:00pm
Could a GOP Strategist Be Howard Schultz’s Top Campaign Adviser in 2020?

Outgoing Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, who is rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2020, might have an unlikely campaign adviser in GOP strategist Steve Schmidt.

The New York Times reported earlier this month:

“Mr. Schultz has also built something of a political network while leading Starbucks, working closely with the public-relations firm Edelman — where John McCain’s former campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, is a top executive — and the Democratic consulting group SKDKnickerbocker, which is stocked with former advisers to politicians like Hillary Clinton and Michael R. Bloomberg.”

Schmidt took to Twitter on Wednesday to renounced his membership in the Republican Party in a series of tweets, including this one:

Schmidt was a top campaign adviser to both President George W. Bush’s 2004 and Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaigns.

Along with serving as a top executive at Edelman, Schmidt has become a frequent political commentator for MSNBC.

Could Schmidt renunciation of the GOP be an attempt by the political strategist to position himself to become a senior adviser on Schultz’s 2020 presidential campaign? Time will tell.

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