“No one is above a challenge from conservatives,” said Plunkett.
More would be known after McDaniel hit the trail; for now, Plunkett could only confirm that money given to the United Conservatives Fund would not be rolled into payments for legal bills for the runoff lawsuit. “It’s a totally separate thing.”
Rob Engstrom, the political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who helped defeat McDaniel in 2014, has since taken a leave of absence to help organize Jeb Bush’s presidential bid. Reached on Friday, he called McDaniel “a professor in search of a class.”