It’s less than three weeks to go until the November 8 election, Donald Trump’s national political director Jim Murphy is calling it quits. “I have not resigned but for personal reasons — have had to take a step back from the campaign,” Jim Murphy said to Politico, deciding that he is no longer playing an active role in the campaign.
As the Republican presidential nominee and his campaign team attempt to make its closing argument to voters, Murphy has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail just 19 days before Election Day. Since the longtime GOP strategist’s hiring in June, Murphy has been a significant conduit between the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee leadership. Murphy headed a prominent leadership role at the Republican National Convention.
Although Murphy noted personal reasons, behind the scenes buzz from liberals who are trying to stain the Trump camp is that Murphy wanted to distance himself from Trump amid all the turmoil surrounding the GOP nominee after the 2005 tape with Billy Bush was released.
Murphy stepping down comes in bad timing as Trump struggles to escalate up the polls with such little time left. According to RealClearPolitics, the polls currently have Trump trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 6.4 points nationally across the country.
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