Tad Devine is going to be a strategist and adviser to @AndrewYang, per people familiar… bringing decades of political experience to a campaign that just raised $10m in Q3 and has grassroots support… will be interesting to watch if Yang can pull any support from Sanders wing
— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 23, 2019
*THIS* Tad Devine?
Tad Devine worked with Manfort in Ukraine. The guy here at the end of the table with them is Konstantine Kilimnik, former GRU, indicted by Mueller. You can read all about him in the Mueller report.
Yang must have at least Googled Tad Devine which means he knows and doesn't care. pic.twitter.com/vk38cvATkJ
— Griz (@grizatlcp) October 23, 2019
From the Daily Beast:
… On Wednesday, Politico reported that the Yang campaign was hiring the firm Devine, Mulvey, and Longabaugh to help with media consulting. The firm has, for years, worked with a slate of Democratic candidates on federal and state races. But it’s best known for its work on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, on which Tad Devine—one of the firm’s namesakes—served as a senior adviser.
Both Devine and the firm were set to reprise their roles in 2020. But they ended up not joining the Sanders election effort after what was described as strategic difference. In reality, the decision was largely driven by the belief within Sanders’ orbit that they could save money—and do a better job coordinating messages—if they simply produced their ads in house.
“I’ve seen reporting that suggests they quit,” Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, told The Daily Beast. “They did not quit; Senator Sanders never brought them on.”…
“He didn’t break up with us, we broke up with him!”
Maybe Yang (or more likely, his staffers) *didn’t* bother to google Devine. Maybe they honestly believed, hey — guy smart enough not to get busted when his partner is in the federal pen must be a good strategist! Maybe they’re dumb/naive enough to believe the fantasy Tad can lure wavering Sandernistas into their camp.
(TBH, I had more respect for Devine when it seemed like his firm was smart enough to stay away from BernieBust Mk.II, or at least smart enough to lie low until it was certain Manafort wasn’t going to tell the feds anything they didn’t already know.)
But mostly I’m reminded of a quote from baseball great Casey Stengel:
“Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.”