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Trump Hires Dole Campaign Veteran Jim Murphy as Political Director

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By    |   Monday, 06 Jun 2016 12:30 PM

 Donald Trump's campaign has hired Jim Murphy as its national political director, according to the New York Times

Murphy was a senior adviser during Bob Dole's campaigns for president in 1988 and 1996, and was floor operations manager at three Republican conventions.

Murphy's hire comes after the Trump campaign fired Rick Wiley, who held the position for about two months. Politico reported that Wiley clashed with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski and his ally Karen Giorno, who ran Trump's campaign during the Florida GOP primary.

The Kansas City Star reported that Trump's deputy campaign manager, Michael Glassner, is also a veteran of Bob Dole's campaigns.

Glassner worked with Dole for over two decades as senior adviser and "body man," meaning an aide who stands beside a candidate during public appearances. Glassner first volunteered to work for Dole when he was 11 years old, according to the Star.

Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked with Dole in 1996. The Star reported that three other Trump operatives also had experience with Dole's campaigns: Tony Fabrizio, Alan Cobb, and Lew Eisenberg.

The Star reported that Dole is the only former Republican presidential candidate who has supported Trump's candidacy. Glassner said that consultants who worked for Mitt Romney and George W. Bush were "not inclined" to take jobs in the Trump campaign.

Some Republicans fear that difficulties Dole's campaign endured might transfer to Trump, such as lack of organization and difficulty in staying on message.

Dole told the New York Times that Trump will need to focus more on Hillary Clinton in order to stay competitive against her.

"He has criticism of Hillary, but it's sort of been scattered," Dole said to the Times. The real estate mogul "has got to catch up," Dole said.

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