Kellyanne and George Conway: Their Odd Couple Relationship Echoes Matalin and Carville

The Washington Post reports that “Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and one of President Trump’s longest-serving aides, is leaving the White House at the end of the month. Conway is counselor to the president, was Trump’s third campaign manager in 2016 and the first woman to successfully manage a presidential bid to victory. She joined the White House at the start of Trump’s term and has been one of his most visible and vocal defenders.

“Her husband, George T. Conway III, a conservative lawyer and outspoken critic of the president, is also stepping back from his role on the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November. He will also take a hiatus from Twitter, the venue he has often used to attack the president.

“In a statement, Conway called her time in the Trump administration “heady” and “humbling,” and said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children.”

The Conway marriage is sometimes compared to another political odd couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Carville, nicknamed the “Ragin’ Cajun, was the lead strategist in getting Bill Clinton elected President in 1992. He was famous for telling Democrats “It’s the economy, stupid.”

In 1993 he married Mary Matalin, a political consultant best known for her work for the Republican Party. She served under President Reagan, was campaign director for President George H.W. Bush, and was an assistant to President George W. Bush.

Since leaving politics, Carville and Matalin have often appeared on television. Both also have done well on the speechmaking circuit; each are paid in the $25,000-$40,000 range for speaking and they sometimes appear together for lively debates about politics.

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