The Vivek Ramaswamy campaign has lost a significant member of its team to Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the Ramaswamy campaign confirmed that the political director for Vivek Ramaswamy’s 2024 presidential campaign in New Hampshire has transitioned to support the bid of former President Donald Trump, the current leader in polling for the Granite State.
Swensen was moved out to New Hampshire five months ago to oversee Ramaswamy’s campaign in the key primary state,
CNN reports that “Brian Swensen formally resigned from his role as national political director for the Ramaswamy campaign over the weekend and has joined the Trump campaign, a source familiar with his departure told CNN. Swensen is expected to be working on the campaign’s political operation in the early-voting states, specifically in Nevada, two Trump campaign sources told CNN.
Swensen’s departure is the latest indicator of Ramaswamy’s stagnating campaign, which has struggled to gain momentum even as the candidate closely aligns himself with Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination. Earlier this month, Brandon Goodyear, the Ramaswamy team’s videographer, stepped away from the campaign, a source familiar with the departure told CNN.”
Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the Ramaswamy campaign, thanked Swensen for his work on the Vivek campaign and accidentally seemed to reveal that the two campaigns were working together in a way.
“We absolutely love Brian and completely wish him the best,” McLaughlin told CNN. “I think this is best for both campaigns.”
According to reports, responsibilities for New Hampshire operations for the insurgent candidate, who recently called for the resignation of Ronna Romney McDaniel, will now be taken over by Mike Biundo, a veteran of presidential politics in the nation’s first primary.
In 2012, Biundo helped surprise political prognosticators when he helped Rick Santorum to a surprising victory in Iowa, propelling the Pennsylvania senator to a second-place finish in delegates at the Republican National Convention.
He previously served as senior adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.