2017-02-02 / News

Trump Campaign Member Andrew Stempki of St. Ignace Attends Presidential Inauguration

By Jacob A. Ball


Andrew Stempki of St. Ignace in front of the U.S. Capitol Building prior to Donald Trump’s inaugural address Friday, January 20. Mr. Stempki was invited to attend after working for the campaign since early in the election season. Andrew Stempki of St. Ignace in front of the U.S. Capitol Building prior to Donald Trump’s inaugural address Friday, January 20. Mr. Stempki was invited to attend after working for the campaign since early in the election season. Andrew Stempki, originally of St. Ignace, has spent the last year and a half working for Donald Trump on his successful bid for the presidency, and hopes to be offered a job in his administration. Mr. Stempki entered politics when he started an independent news Web site to cover Mr. Trump. He became a member of the campaign after he asked the candidate a question during a press conference, to which Mr. Trump replied that he should be working for him.

Mr. Stempki had been running his own business in Florida at the time, and became one of the president’s first employees in the state. After volunteering at the beginning, Mr. Stempki became the accounting co-chair and then the regional director in the Panhandle region of Florida. During the Florida primary, Mr. Stempki said that he had worked hard in Leon County, which contains the state capital Tallahassee. Mr. Trump won 66 of 67 counties in Florida.

Mr. Stempki was proud of this achievement, something he said, had never been done in a Florida primary.

This factor led to Senator Marco Rubio leaving the race as Mr. Trump began to solidify his hold on the Republican nomination.

His interactions with Mr. Trump, Mr. Stempki said, have always been positive.

“He’s always been fair and honest. He always manages to listen, and remembers everybody’s names,” he said.

After the victory in Florida, Mr. Stempki joined volunteers in Wisconsin to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and at- tempt to defeat Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in his reelection campaign. This effort was unsuccessful, however, and he returned home to St. Ignace before embarking again to assist Mr. Trump in his general election campaign. He worked in Colorado, Maine, and southern New Hampshire. Although Secretary Hillary Clinton would win the state, Mr. Stempki said that their efforts closed the gap considerably when compared to Governor Mitt Romney’s performance in New Hampshire four years earlier.

Mr. Stempki was invited to attend the inauguration, along with other volunteers and campaign staff who helped Mr. Trump to victory. At the ceremony, Mr. Stempki said that his seating was too close to the Capitol Building to see the public figures and U.S. Presidents arriving on the steps for the ceremony. Eventually he moved back to witness Mr. Trump give his first public address as President of the United States.

He liked the speech, saying, “It was unlike any inaugural speech I had ever heard in my life.”

He also said that he had hoped to help craft the inaugural address with the incoming president, but was pleased that Mr. Trump prepared it himself. He said that Mr. Trump had chosen to write his own speech after consultation with many speechwriters.

Mr. Stempki is waiting to see if he will be offered a position in the administration. He said the White House has almost 4,000 jobs to fill and he hopes that he can continue to be involved in the work President Trump will do over the next four years.

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