Trump has not approved a candidate for what many senior Republicans are calling the most open Republican Senate primary in the country. Conway stressed that her involvement with Moreno did not indicate that Trump would support him.
“My conversations with President Trump are private. I would never dangle or promise President Trump’s approval of a candidate. It is up to him alone to grant or withhold it, ”she said.
Conway and Moreno attended the Republican National Committee Donor Retreat in Palm Beach, Florida last week. Conway approached contributors and, according to sources, met with Trump privately several times during their visit.
Conway had a long career in policy advice before running Trump’s campaign, serving as a pollster for Republican candidates up and down. Conway, who wrote a book, is expected to compete in relatively few races this election cycle.
Moreno, a technology executive and luxury car dealer who has donated to the former president’s re-election, recently launched his campaign with a video emphasizing the need to “protect Trump’s victories.” He has highlighted his support from several Trump administration officials, including former acting director of national intelligence Ric Grenell and former U.S. ambassadors Jamie McCourt and Ed McMullen.
Moreno’s campaign also announced that it had hired Jamestown Associates, a media firm that worked on Trump’s presidential campaign.
Other members of the Moreno campaign team include seasoned advisors Chris Hansen, a former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Chip Englander. Emily Moreno, the candidate’s daughter and involved in Trump’s re-election campaign, is also a senior advisor. Parker Briden, a former adjutant to Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, becomes campaign manager.