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DeWit will split time as state treasurer, Trump chief operating officer

State Treasurer Jeff DeWit (Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer)

State Treasurer Jeff DeWit (Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer)

Jeff DeWit will split time between Donald Trump’s campaign and his duties as state treasurer after the Republican presidential nominee named him as his campaign’s chief operating officer.

Trump announced DeWit’s new role with the campaign late Tuesday night. As COO, Trump said DeWit will manage the organizational and administrative operations for his campaign.

As the Trump campaign’s COO, DeWit’s duties will be national in scope and not restricted only to Arizona, where he has long served as Trump’s state campaign chairman. But DeWit said he won’t resign and will stay on as state treasurer while he works for the campaign.

“I love serving Arizona and my first priority is protecting Arizona taxpayers. I will make sure to fulfill all of my statutory and constitutional duties as Treasurer, which comes first, and in my spare time will be volunteering on a friend’s campaign as many people do,” DeWit told the Arizona Capitol Times via text message on Wednesday.

DeWit said he will be responsible for administrative, operational and logistics duties. For example, he said he’ll be helping with scheduling, advance work for events such as fundraisers and campaign rallies, coordinating fundraising and helping with official filings and invoices. He said his position is unpaid and described himself as a volunteer.

In a later telephone interview, DeWit reiterated that the campaign COO job, which he said will last only three months, won’t keep from his official responsibilities as state treasurer, and that his official duties won’t keep him from fulfilling his role as Trump’s COO. DeWit said he’ll take care of his campaign duties outside of regular work hours and away from the Treasurer’s Office.

“I’m a very good multitasker. You’d be amazed at how much can be done with a cell phone and computer these days,” he said.

DeWit said he has no doubt that he’ll able to do both jobs at once.

“Nobody works harder or sleeps less than I do. Except Donald Trump,” he said.

DeWit was an early backer of the real estate mogul and was the Trump campaign said he was the first statewide elected official in the country to endorse him in what was then a crowded GOP primary.  He has been a frequent surrogate for Trump on cable news broadcasts, and helped spearhead efforts to elect pro-Trump delegates to the Republican National Convention.  He was selected as a delegate from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, though he later stepped down in order to allow a pro-Trump alternate to take his place.

In a campaign press release, Trump touted DeWit’s experience both as Arizona’s state treasurer and for his years as CEO of a financial firm.

“I have known and worked with Jeff for a long time and he is an outstanding leader and individual who will make it possible … for us together to win this election and Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a press statement announcing DeWit’s position.

In the Trump campaign’s press statement announcing his new position, DeWit said he is proud to have been a supporter of Trump since before he announced his candidacy.

“It is truly an honor to volunteer my time to help the campaign; it is a sacrifice my family and I are willing to make for the good of our nation’s future. Over the next few months, I am looking forward to helping Mr. Trump win the presidency and put our country back on the path to prosperity,” DeWit said in the press release.

Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, will replace DeWit as Trump’s Arizona chairman. Lovas, who was elected as an alternate from CD8 at the Arizona Republican Party’s state convention, took DeWit’s spot as a delegate when the treasurer resigned.

 

 

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