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Donald Trump campaign chief Kellyanne Conway first female to lead presidential campaign

Updated on December 9, 2016

Kellyanne Conway remains key adviser to Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway....defends Donald Trump's decision to remain producer of "The Apprenctice."
Kellyanne Conway....defends Donald Trump's decision to remain producer of "The Apprenctice." | Source

Kellyanne Conway stuns political world with Donald Trump

Most of the polls showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be the winner over the unpredictable New York real estate baron Donald Trump on the eve of the November 8, 2016 election for president of the United States, but they evidently didn't factor his campaign leader Kellyanne Conway into their predictions. Conway may have been the X-factor which none of the pollsters considered in their faulty computations showing Clinton would easily become the first woman president of the United States. Instead, Conway became the first woman to lead a successful presidential campaign as her influence was crucial in paving the road to the White House for the Republican nominee.

Kellyanne Conway remains influential adviser to Donald Trump

Conway remains a powerful force with the Trump Administration as she today, Friday, December 9, 2016, defended the president-elect's decision to retain his title as producer of the popular television reality show "The Apprentice." Conway said on Fox News today, "Nobody complained about President Barack Obama spending his free time on the golf course. Why should anyone care if Donald Trump wants to spend his spare time in this manner?"

She also defended Trump's choice of several generals to join his cabinet on the news show Fox and Friends today. The upbeat Conway said she thought it was refreshing Trump would consider such outstanding people to his cabinet.

Conway has continued to be the face of the Trump transition team since the election. She has been the representative of the new president-elect in discussing the possible candidates for Secretary of State. She said today Rex Tillerson, the head of Exxon-Mobil, impressed Trump during his meeting by sharing stories of his dealings around the world with many leaders including Russian leader Putin. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney remains a serious contender for the job. Romney, who now resides in Utah, has met several times with Trump. Close Trump friend Rudy Giuliani, who is the former mayor of New York City, announced late today he was withdrawing from consideration..

Tillerson grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas before his extraordinary career with the oil giant.

Who is Kellyanne Conway?

Kellyanne Conway was named Donald Trump's campaign manager Aug. 17, making her the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. At the time reports in the national news media indicated the Trump campaign was experiencing difficulties and not doing well in the polls. Much like a relief pitcher brought in from the bullpen in a major league baseball game, she was given the game ball to the Trump campaign and the rest has been history. She was advising the Trump campaign on how to appeal to female voters before the powerhouse businessman gave her the reins to his political future. Trump actually did much better among female voters than was predicted, due in no small part to Conway's brilliant advice.

The hottest item in the political universe today, Conway earlier showed her brilliance by graduating magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington D.C., earning a degree in political science, according to CNBC. She continued displaying her intelligence when she studied at Oxford and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She continued her amazing tour of the academic world by earning a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center. She has a great sense of humor and describes herself as a "fully recovered" attorney.

World champion blueberry packer

Conway spent her early years in Atco, New Jersey, a town not far from Atlantic City. While she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant, she was also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer, based on the fact she spent eight summers packing blueberries on a farm. She is a rare combination of brains and beauty.

Family of Kellyanne Conway

The New Jersey girl married George T. Conway III, a New York lawyer, in 2001. They couple has four children, including twins, according to CNN. Thompson, a former client, starred in Law & Order as well as several movies.

Childhood of Conway

Currently the top political adviser in the United States, Conway said to Newsmax, "I grew up in a house with my mom and her mom, and two of my mother's unmarried sisters. So four Italian Catholic women raised me." Her parents divorced when she was only three years of age. She is a great role model and source of inspiration for those who didn't grow up in the traditional "Leave It To Beaver" home.

'What Women Really Want'

The flashy Trump adviser co-authored the book "What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live" withh Democratic strategist Celinda Lake. The book's Amazon description reads, "Lake and Conway discovered common causes with which women are inventing a new age of opportunity--doing it their way and, in the process, improving the life of all Americans."

Kellyanne's career

The brown-eyed megastar has worked with several political giants including Jack Kemp, Dan Quayle, Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence. After practicing law, Conway moved to the polling business with a firm connected to Ronald Reagan. After working for the Luntz Research Company, she launched into her own business The Polling Company. An expert in the area of polling, she frequently appears as a commentator on the political scene on channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Network.

Trump decides to go with Conway

"I want to win," Trump declared as he shook up his campaign in August. He named Conway as campaign manager. The so-called blue collar billionaire proved to be a prophet as his decision to bring Conway aboard resulted in his surprising victory march through the blue states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

The magnitude of Conway's accomplishment is reflected in the fact Hillary Clinton was ahead by 6.1 percent in national polling, according to RealClearPolitics averaging at the time the New Jersey native assumed the helm of Trump's campaign. Her input is credited with the dramatic reversal of Trump's fortunes relatively late in the election which will go down in history as one of the most exciting.

While Conway will clearly go down in the history books as guiding one of the most dramatic comebacks in the American political arena, her exact role remains murky in the Trump Administration. The question is whether she will wield her considerable influence from inside the White House or as the leader of a group supporting ideals of the new Administration.

The Las Vegas Review Journal says she met Trump in 2006 "when she served on the condominium board at Trump World Tower in Manhattan."

Why did Trump pick Conway?

Conway's influence was seen almost immediately on the Trump campaign as he abandoned freewheeling speeches for TelePrompTers and policy addresses in the homestretch. His numbers in the polls improved after Conway's elevation to the top post leading to the victory which stunned a majority of the so-called experts.

Conway's future is in her own hands as she can probably write her own ticket whether it be from inside the White House or not.

Health care and ordinary people

During the battle over health-care reform in 2009 and 2010, Conway advised the Republicans to eliminate their stats-heavy messaging campaign against Barack Obama's plan in favor of a narrative which would emphasize how Obamacare would affect ordinary people. She has further helped female GOP legislators formulate policies on issues such as equal pay and childcare, according to an article in Time Magazine.

New Gingrich sent an e-mail to Time Magazine which read as follows; "She has thought more about the concerns of women than any other Republican I know. She is direct but pleasant, and will be a big asset to Trump in shifting from primary to general election mode."

Conway proved Gingrich's prediction to be accurate on November 8. As the right hand woman to Trump, she may now be one of the most powerful females in America.

Kellyanne Conway star of first magnitude

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