Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s original campaign manager who remains a trusted confidant, is joining Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The move, which was first reported by Fox News, brings one of original Trump loyalists into Pence’s political camp and is seen by some as a sign of just how closely Pence is aligning himself with Trump.
The PAC, which finances Pence’s travel around the country to stump for GOP candidates and cuts checks to favored members of Congress and governors, has been viewed by some as a vehicle for Pence to pursue his own ambitions beyond the vice presidency.
The hiring of Lewandowski puts one of Trump’s most trusted outside lieutenants in the middle of Pence’s political machine.
Lewandowski remains a controversial figure. He was fired from the Trump campaign at the urging of Trump’s children, but has remained a vocal defender of the president.
Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.