Kellyanne Conway, longtime counselor to the President, and his former campaign manager, says she will leave the administration at the end of this month. In a statement released by her late Sunday evening, she announced her departure citing family considerations. Her husband, prominent attorney George Conway, also announced on Sunday that he is stepping down from the anti-Trump political group, the Lincoln Project.
In her statement, Ms. Conway says of her husband, “We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids.” She continued, writing, “Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely working from home for at least a few months. As millions of parent nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ reequires a level of attention of vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”
Over the weekend, the internal struggles of the family made news as the couple’s teenage daughter lashed out at her mother in a series of scathing tweets, telling her 253 thousand followers, “I’m devastated that my mother is actually speaking at the RNC. Like devastated beyond compare. I’m officially pushing for emancipation. Buckle up because this is probably going to be public one way or another, unfortunately. Welcome to my life. My mother’s job ruined my life to begin with. Heartbreaking that she continues to go down that path after years of watching her children suffer. Selfish. It’s all about money and fame…”
It can’t be easy to be going through the normal ups and downs of raising teens in these very challenging times — let alone trying to deal with the pressure of constant public scrutiny. One should commend the Conways for their decision to put family first. Any mother or father, regardless of how they feel about the President, should appreciate how challenging it is to raise teenagers.
Kellyanne Conway was the first woman to run a winning Presidential campaign and she has much to be proud of. But, like any mother, she knows this is a critical time for her children. Families must make the right choices for themselves and their children. I wish Kellyanne, her husband George, and children the very best.