Corey Lewandowski is an American lobbyist, political campaign manager, and political commentator. He worked with Donald Trump as his first campaign manager but had to leave the team unceremoniously. A ‘Republican’ stalwart, he continues to support Trump and his policies and shares a cordial relationship with him. After his exit from Trump’s campaign team, he worked as a political commentator with ‘CNN,’ ‘Fox News,’ and ‘One America News Network.’ Whenever he would go on air, he would mostly defend Trump and his actions. Toward the end of 2016, he co-founded the lobbying firm ‘Avenue Strategies,’ in an office overlooking the ‘White House.’ Later, he left the organization and founded an advisory firm named ‘Lewandowski Strategic Advisors.’ He had issued a public statement that he would run for the 2020 U.S. ‘Senate’ elections from New Hampshire but withdrew later.
Childhood, Early Life & Education
Corey Lewandowski was born on September 18, 1973, to Frank A. Lewandowski and Diane Estelle Gendreau, in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
He grew up with a brother, Carl A. Lewandowski, in Lowell and was raised a Roman Catholic.
He graduated from the ‘Lowell Catholic High School.’ He earned a BA in political science from the ‘University of Massachusetts Lowell’ in 1995. He then obtained a master’s degree in political science from the ‘American University’ in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
In 2006, he graduated from the ‘New Hampshire Police Academy.’
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Corey Lewandowski was still an undergraduate student, when he contested in the ‘Republican’ primary for a spot in the ‘Massachusetts House of Representatives.’
He could garner 143 of the 150 votes needed to earn the party’s nomination for the ballot. In the November general election, Corey gained only seven votes and lost the seat to Thomas A. Golden Jr., who earned 7,157 votes.
After graduating college, he worked as an aide with the ‘Republican’ Massachusetts congressman Peter G. Torkildsen, from January 1996 until 1997.
During his post-graduation in 1997, he worked as an intern with the ‘Democrat’ Massachusetts state senator Steven C. Panagiotakos.
Between December 1997 and February 2001, he worked as an administrative assistant with Bob Ney, a ‘Republican’ congressman from Ohio, who was later arrested for corruption.
In 2001, after leaving Ney’s office, he started working with the ‘Republican National Committee,’ as their Northeast legislative political director.
Corey Lewandowski was appointed as the campaign manager for U.S. senator Robert C. Smith’s 2002 re-election bid for the position of the senator of New Hampshire. During the ‘Republican’ primary campaign, Corey’s statements on the ethnicity and beliefs of the rival ‘Republican’ contestant became controversial. Smith’s team received a clarification from the ‘White House’ for the same. Smith became the first sitting U.S. senator in 10 years to lose the primary.
In 2003 and 2004, he worked with the ‘New England Seafood Producers Association,’ as their executive director.
Between 2004 and 2012, he served as the director of public affairs of the PR agency ‘Schwartz Communication,’ which later became ‘Schwartz MSL.’ He worked with three of Schwartz’s clients, ‘Passport Systems,’ ‘Logical Images,’ and ‘Borrego Solar,’ and was registered as a lobbyist.
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Between 2006 and 2010, he worked as a seasonal marine patrol officer trainee with the ‘New Hampshire Division of Safety Services.’
In 2008, he began working with ‘Americans for Prosperity,’ as their New Hampshire director and East Coast regional director. During this period, he also worked as a patrol officer trainee and a federal lobbyist.
As a representative of ‘Americans for Prosperity,’ he criticized the ‘Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.’ On the contrary, he successfully lobbied for ‘Borrego Solar’ to secure a $500,000 earmark in the 2010 ‘Energy and Water Appropriations Act.’
In 2012, he contested for the position of the town treasurer of Windham, New Hampshire, and lost to Robert Skinner.
In April 2014, Corey Lewandowski met Donald Trump at a political event in New Hampshire.
In January 2015, Corey was hired by Trump as his campaign manager for the 2016 presidential elections.
Corey’s catchphrase for the campaign was “Let Trump be Trump.”
Trump appreciated Corey for ensuring his victory in the New Hampshire election. However, Corey’s job as Trump’s campaign manager ended abruptly in June 2016.
Shortly after he left Trump’s campaign, he was hired by the ‘CNN,’ as a political commentator. He quit ‘CNN’ on November 11, 2016.
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After leaving ‘CNN,’ he started working with ‘One America News Network’ (OANN). However, he was fired on July 31, 2017, as he had appeared on channels other than those owned by ‘OANN.’
In December 2016, he co-founded a political consulting firm named ‘Avenue Strategies.’ However, he did not register as a lobbyist. His rivals criticized him for his decision.
On May 3, 2017, ‘Public Citizen,’ a liberal/progressive consumer rights advocacy group, requested the ‘U.S. Department of Justice’ to investigate if Corey Lewandowski should have registered as a domestic or a foreign lobbyist. The following day, he left ‘Avenue.’
Also on May 3, ‘Avenue Strategies’ dissolved ‘Washington East West Political Strategies,’ which had ties with Russia.
On May 12, 2017, he started ‘Lewandowski Strategic Advisors’ in Delaware. The company and its employees were not registered as lobbyists.
He has maintained that he does not have any clients. However, it was once claimed that he had been working as a lobbyist with ‘Turnberry Solutions LLC.’
In 2018, he discussed the idea of establishing a military base known as ‘Fort Trump,’ with the Polish government.
In August 2019, he made a public statement that he would contest as a ‘Republican’ nominee from New Hampshire in the 2020 ‘U.S. Senate’ elections. However, on December 31, 2019, he withdrew, though he claimed that he would have won had he contested.
In 1999, Corey Lewandowski carried a firearm in his laundry bag and walked into the ‘Longworth House Office Building.’ Though he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor, the charge was later dropped. He made multiple attempts to retrieve the weapon but failed.
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Unconfirmed reports stated that Corey had been accused of an extramarital affair with Hope Hicks, a public relations consultant.
He was criticized for grabbing a protestor by the collar during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign event on March 19, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.
On March 29, 2016, he was charged with one count of simple battery against Michelle Fields, a reporter working with ‘Breitbart News.’ On March 10, 2016, she had written that Corey had forcefully grabbed her when she had approached Donald Trump on March 8, 2016, to ask a question after a press conference in Jupiter, Florida. However, due to a lack of evidence, no charges were pressed against him.
His name was mentioned in the ‘Mueller Report’ that investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. The ‘Special Investigation Counsel’ interviewed him for his involvement in passing messages to the U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions. While he admitted before the counsel that he had participated in the said activities, he retracted the statement in an interview with ‘MSNBC.’
On November 28, 2017, Argentine–American singer and songwriter Joy Villa filed a sexual harassment complaint against him.
On June 19, 2018, he mocked an immigrant child with Down syndrome on ‘Fox News.’ Interestingly, he remained unapologetic about it.
Family & Personal Life
Corey Lewandowski had met his wife, Alison Hardy, in school.
In 1998, Hardy got married to Brian Kinney. Kinney was, unfortunately, killed in a plane crash on September 11, 2001. The plane had been hijacked by ‘Al Qaeda’ terrorists.
Corey and Hardy tied the knot in 2005. They have been blessed with four children. Hardy is a 2nd-grade teacher at the ‘Tyngsborough Elementary School,’ Tyngsborough, Massachusetts.
He stays in Windham, New Hampshire, U.S. When he is not working in Washington, D.C, he is found in his office in Manchester, New Hampshire.
He co-authored a memoir named ‘Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency.’