SAOX FALS, SD (AP) – South Dakota’s government is severing ties with Christy Naeem, political adviser Corey Lewandowski, after a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump was accused of sexual harassment by a GOP donor. Was
The New Hampshire resident has been the key to the Republican governor’s political rise over the past year, helping him join political events across the country and gain access to the former president’s political orbit. But his time as an adviser was also marked by the frequent departure of staff from the governor’s office.
Noam’s spokesman Ian Fury said in a statement that Lewandowski “would not advise the governor on the campaign or government office.”
He added that Lewandowski’s role was as a “volunteer” and that he had never been paid a penny by the Noam campaign or the South Dakota government. Fury did not immediately respond to a question about whether Naveem saw any of Lewandowski’s behavior at the Las Vegas fundraising event, where he was accused of harassment.
Maggie Saddle, a former top aide to Naeem, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she thought “being with Corey Lewandowski would be provocative.”
Politico reported Wednesday that Tracheal Odom accused Lewandowski of repeatedly touching her, making obscene remarks, and “beating” her throughout the evening.
“He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said abusive and hateful things to me, beat me with a stick and made me feel violated and intimidated,” he said in a statement to the store. “I’m coming forward because he needs to be held accountable.” Tracheal Odom is the wife of Idaho Construction Executive John Odom.
Politico also said it had spoken to four first-hand witnesses who confirmed Odom’s allegations, as well as two people who spoke to them about the alleged incidents.
Lewandowski was removed from his role as pro-Trump Super PAC on Wednesday after Odom’s allegations.
“Corey Lewandowski will continue his other efforts and we would like to thank him for his services. He will no longer be associated with Trump World,” Trump spokeswoman Taylor Buduch said in a statement.
“We have full confidence and confidence in taking the MAGA action,” said Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and longtime Trump supporter who has been helping the group.
Lewandowski did not immediately respond to requests for comment. His lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Shawnfield, said in a statement: “The allegations and rumors seem to change from moment to moment and we will not honor them with further response.”
Political Operative was the former president’s first campaign manager in 2016 and one of his most supportive and trusted foreign advisers during his time in the White House, which Trump often referred to in times of crisis.
In March 2016, Lewandowski was accused by Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the right-wing Brett Bart website, of twisting his arm after a Trump news conference. But Lewandowski denied any wrongdoing and Trump repeatedly defended it, even after a video of the incident surfaced. Lewandowski was charged with a battery, but was later dropped.
Lewandowski was later fired as Trump’s first campaign manager after a confrontation with Trump’s adult children, but the separation was only temporary.
He also advised Trump’s 2020 campaign, served as a CNN political observer, and wrote three books on the former president.
In New Hampshire, Democrats have also been urging Matt Movers, the GOP congressional candidate for the Trump administration, to step down after endorsing Lewandowski. The Movers campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
And in Nebraska, Charles Herbster, the GOP’s governing candidate, said Thursday he was severing ties with Lewandowski, who has served as a senior adviser. Lewandowski recorded a confirmation video for the Falls City businessman three weeks ago, praising him for maintaining Trump’s support.
Associated Press authors Michael Casey at Concord, NH, and Josh Funk at Ohma, NAB. Cologne reports from New York.