Trump set to woo webmaster from Ventura for key PR

NEW YORK: While the specter of a Donald Trump presidency may be terrifying to many Americans, the real estate developer and would-be Reform Party presidential candidate started to make some PR noise last week.

NEW YORK: While the specter of a Donald Trump presidency may be terrifying to many Americans, the real estate developer and would-be Reform Party presidential candidate started to make some PR noise last week.

NEW YORK: While the specter of a Donald Trump presidency may be

terrifying to many Americans, the real estate developer and would-be

Reform Party presidential candidate started to make some PR noise last

week.



Trump has begun to work with political strategist Roger Stone (of

Washington, DC-based Ikon Public Affairs) and, despite not having

formally announced his candidacy, has reportedly been wooing Minnesota

governor Jesse Ventura’s webmaster Phil Madsen.



Madsen is said to have been offered the role of director of Internet

operations - an essential communications post, especially given the

online focus and grassroots leanings of Ross Perot’s Reform Party.

Madsen, described as highly skilled and unassuming, is regarded as a

rising star by many young webmasters.



His political leanings also seem a good match for the Trump camp.

’(Trump’s) politics do seem to be in the political center, in much the

same way that Ventura would describe himself as a fiscal conservative

and social liberal,’ Madsen said.



Madsen was inexperienced at building political web sites when he was

recruited by Ventura’s team. Start-up costs were less than dollars 200,

but the Internet became the backbone of his campaign, serving as the

fundamental vehicle for contacting volunteers, raising money and

refuting rumors.



Madsen, who is based in Minnesota, has yet to meet Trump, and freely

concedes that he has no idea how much of a role the Internet would play

in a Trump presidential campaign. He noted, however, that Trump could

easily afford a deluxe political site and campaign - provided that the

candidate is willing to write his own seven-figure checks.



Getting the Reform Party nomination will by no means be an easy

task.



Trump faces a challenge from the already declared Pat Buchanan, who

abandoned the Republican Party to seek the nomination.



Trump mirrors the party line on most issues, other than his advocacy of

tax cuts. But his spotlight-craving lifestyle - not to mention his

advocacy of Oprah Winfrey as a running mate - has proved rich fodder for

tabloid journalists.



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