With investigations of what happened during the last presidential election still not finished, it may seem like it’s a little early to gear up for the next go-around.
But Steve Vassallo, the northern Mississippi coordinator for President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign, is already looking for die-hard Trump supporters to join his team for the 2020 election.
Vassallo, of Oxford, was the Lafayette County chairman in Trump’s 2016 campaign and had volunteered with Thad Cochran’s campaigns and in county and city politics in Madison County. One of three volunteer Trump coordinators in the state, he oversees campaign efforts in 33 counties and reports to the state chairman, Dane Maxwell, the mayor of Pascagoula.
He may still be looking for a chairman to lead the volunteer efforts in Leflore County but also thinks he may have found someone for the post. He’s looking for an enthusiastic Trump supporter who can get out the vote and recruit volunteers. The nature of the campaign doesn’t require any of the chairmen to raise money.
“We welcome anybody who’s willing to devote the time and energy,” Vassallo said. “There’s certainly enough room for everybody to get involved, and that’s what I like about it. There’s no limitation.”
Vassallo said he’s been told Trump will make two appearances in Mississippi during the campaign but found it hard to say if the president would ever visit the Delta.
Since the county chairman position is voluntary, are there any perks to the job, besides hats, T-shirts and bumper stickers?
The county chairman won’t be going to the convention unless he or she runs and wins as a delegate, Vassallo said. And, should Trump win again, the invitation to the inaugural won’t be in the mail. No discounts are available at any of the Trump hotels or golf courses, and a trip to Mar-a-Lago is probably out of the question.
Vassallo said the inauguration parties are “pay as you go items” and the position is “just a labor of love.” He and his wife attended the last inauguration on their own dime and enjoyed the festivities without going to any of the balls.
“Keep America Great” replaces “Make American Great Again.”
And while the hats haven’t been widely distributed yet, flags and posters are already showing up among supporters, like Robin Henry, the architect and partner in Johnson & McAdams with the Trump/Pence signs in his yard along Claiborne Avenue. The bottom of the three flags on his flagpole is the official Trump 2020 campaign flag.
Vassallo says his “labor of love” is being done to protect what he values.
“I think this is probably going to be one of the more important elections we’ve ever had in our lifetime,” he said. “And I’m really concerned that if the Democrats should win this time, with all the issues that are out there, it’s going to be a sad day for conservatives like myself in this nation.”
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