NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–October 31, 2016
Donald Trump’s hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation.
But the Republican presidential nominee appears to have taken issue with some of the services provided by the veteran GOP strategist, who has advised candidates from 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Trump campaign’s latest Federal Election Commission report shows that it is disputing nearly $767,000 that Fabrizio’s firm says it is still owed for polling.
That is the beginning of a Washington Post story titled Donald Trump is refusing to pay his campaign pollster three-quarters of a million dollars, written by Matea Gold and posted at 1 PM Eastern.
Fabrizio was an ally of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who persuaded a skeptical Trump in the spring that he needed a professional pollster. The abrupt departure of Manafort in August and Trump’s hiring of pollster Kellyanne Conway to be his campaign manager raised questions about whether Fabrizio would stay on. There have also been multiple reports that Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have rejected Fabrizio’s advice.
There of course is more to the story than I have quoted. The block quotes have hotlinks that did not transfer. I wanted to make people aware of this story so they could read the original if interested.
I am not at all surprised that Trump would refuse to listen to a pollster, because any honest pollster would tell him he is behind and he sure as hell would not want to hear that.
And why should Fabrizio or anyone be surprised, given Trump’s track record as a businessman?
Trump has paid a large chunk of money to Fabrizio already, and beyond what it is disputing is owed another 50K beyond that. In addition, the RNC has paid him around a quarter of a million.
Despite his issues with Fabrizio, Trump appears to have warmed up to pollsters in general. Since late August, the GOP nominee has tapped four other polling firms to conduct voter surveys, including Conway’s, which had been paid $673,000 through Oct. 19, filings show.