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 non-disclosure 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 that 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 non-disclosure agreement might impact any resulting book.
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 that “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.
Of course he was shopping around for a book deal. And of course a candidate from the corporate world would have a lock-down NDA.
Negative publicity and bad reputation notwithstanding, politics has such a filthy and incestuous relationship with the media that Lewandowski’s gravy train days won’t be over for a while, as evidenced by his CNN gig. Face it, how many other campaign managers’ names have most casual voters known during the primaries?
As cordial as he and Trump were after his firing last week, and as random as Trump is, don’t rule out Lewandowski for a cabinet position should Trump win.