A prominent political advisor has left Indian-American Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy's campaign to join the camp of former President Donald Trump, as reported by various media outlets.
Brian Swensen, who served as the national political director for the Ramaswamy campaign, officially resigned from his position over the weekend, according to CNN, citing sources from the Trump campaign. Reports suggest that Swensen is expected to contribute to the Trump campaign's political operations, particularly focusing on Nevada and its significance in the early-voting states.
In response to Swensen's departure, Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the Ramaswamy campaign, expressed gratitude for Swensen's contributions and extended well wishes for his future endeavors. McLaughlin mentioned to CNN that both campaigns mutually view this transition positively. She also highlighted that the responsibilities previously held by Swensen would now be supervised by senior adviser Mike Biundo.
Swensen's exit follows Brandon Goodyear, the Ramaswamy team’s videographer, stepping away from the campaign earlier in the month.
Despite Ramaswamy's qualification to participate in the upcoming fourth Republican debate in Alabama, his national standing in polls remains subdued, with his polling numbers in single digits. He trails behind fellow Indian-American Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in popularity among potential Republican primary voters.
According to a 538/Washington Post/Ipsos poll surveying potential Republican primary voters who watched his third debate, Ramaswamy's unfavorability rating surged by 12 points to reach 47 per cent.
(With Agency Inputs)