Controversial former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s troubles continue. After being jettisoned by the Donald, the erstwhile attack dog has now lost out on a book deal that would have reportedly paid him $1.2 million. The agreement was said to have been yanked due to concerns about Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement with the GOP’s presumptive nominee. However, now that he is no longer affiliated with the campaign at the most crucial and historical time it just wouldn’t be that interesting of a read and would be destined for the bargain bin soon after publication.
As reported by Politico “Lewandowski loses $1.2 million book deal”:
Corey Lewandowski had a $1.2-million offer from HarperCollins to write a book chronicling his time running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but the publishing giant backed away from the deal amid concerns about Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement, according to two sources familiar with the talks.
Lewandowski, working through a California-based representative named Robert Stryk, began soliciting offers for a book, tentatively titled “Let Trump be Trump,” from multiple publishers in March, while he was working as Trump’s campaign manager, according to one of the sources, a Republican operative.
A source in the publishing industry said Lewandowski’s representative received at least some interest from as many as five publishing houses, but that, in several cases, there was concern about how his nondisclosure agreement might affect any resulting book.
Mr. Lewandowski can at least be heartened that he still has his gig at the Clinton News Network until he outlives his usefulness and has to go out and find a real job.
On Tuesday, Lewandowski said, “I’m not shopping a book deal,” and that he doesn’t have an agent doing so on his behalf. “I would negotiate my own deal if I was looking for one.”
He added: “There is no contract for me. I have never seen it.”
But the Republican operative familiar with the talks said Lewandowski personally engaged in discussions with HarperCollins, and assured the publisher that he had received clearance from the campaign to write such a book.
HarperCollins tendered its $1.2-million offer to Lewandowski at some point before mid-May, said the sources familiar with the talks, including one who personally reviewed the proposed contract between Lewandowski and HarperCollins. But after BuzzFeed News reported that Lewandowski was working on a book, he withdrew from active conversations with HarperCollins and the other publishers, the sources said.
At the time, Lewandowski tweeted, “Despite false reports to the contrary, I am not writing a book. I am under a strict confidentiality agreement with Mr. Trump.”
But the sources said Lewandowski revived the talks last week, after he was fired from the campaign following a bitter power struggle with campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Mr. Lewandowski can at least be heartened that he still has his gig at the Clinton News Network until he outlives his usefulness and has to go out and find a real job. If Trump prevails despite ferocious resistance from the establishment there will be no shortage of political operatives who will also be faced with finding a new line of work.