Kellyanne Conway, Trump's New Pick for White House Counselor, Learned Everything She Knows on a Blueberry Farm in New Jersey

Kellyanne Conway, who served as Donald Trump’s third and final campaign manager, is going to serve as counselor to the president-elect.


“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory. She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing,” Trump said in a statement on Thursday morning.

Shortly after the announcement, Conway told CNN’s “New Day” that she doesn’t expect her job to be like that of traditional White House counselors. Instead she anticipates focusing on communications, data and strategy, and polling.

Conway brings with her an interesting background. For one thing, she’s the first woman to ever serve as campaign manager for a Republican presidential candidate, although she has downplayed that distinction.

“I’ve been in a very male-dominated business for decades,” she told The New Yorker in October. “I found, particularly early on, that there’s plenty of room for passion, but there’s very little room for emotion.”

She also added, “I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t be fooled, because I am a man by day.’”

Conway has a reputation for being energetic, one that can be attributed to her eight summers working on a blueberry farm in Hammonton, New Jersey. During that period she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant and won the World Champion Blueberry Packing competition.

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