Bill Stepien, former Pres. Donald Trump’s campaign manager in the summer and fall of 2020, is dipping his toes into Ohio’s Republican Senate primary race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.
According to Fox News, Stepien will join the Senate campaign of Mike Gibbons as a senior adviser.
Gibbons, who is known to be an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and investment banker from Cleveland, is one of the candidates leading the Republican race. The said race has become a battle that involves showing off their support to former Pres. Trump in the hopes of securing the latter’s endorsement.
Stepien, who helmed the successful election and reelection campaigns of New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christy, also served as the political director at the White House during the Trump administration. He then took over as Trump’s campaign manager from June 2020. Additionally, Stepien was a founding partner of the political consulting firm National Public Affairs.
Apart from Stepien, Justin Clark, who is another National Public Affairs founding partner and campaign manager on Trump’s 2020 campaign, is also joining Gibbons’ team. His addition, along with Stepien’s, come just under 3 months before Ohio’s Primary on May 3.
In a statement to Fox News, Stepien said: “National Public Affairs is proud to join the Gibbons campaign. Mike Gibbons has the momentum in the Ohio Senate race and is committed to the America First agenda and MAGA movement. Not only is Mike poised to win the primary, but he will be an excellent Senator for the great state of Ohio.”