(TheRedWire.com) – While former vice president Mike Pence’s conflict and growing resentment with former President Donald Trump is well known following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, it is Nikki Haley, who served as the U.S. ambassador during the Trump administration, who appears to slowly become one of Pence’s biggest rivals.
Many in Pence’s camp have started to privately complain about Haley, a presidential contender, who much like Pence is so far polling in single digits. However, while their polling numbers are not significantly different, Haley appears to be getting better media coverage than Pence.
In recent weeks Haley’s coverage included her being portrayed as a fiscal conservative at a donor retreat in Florida, whereas Pence has had to deal with headlines about him getting booed.
While the tension between the two has not reached the same level as the animosity between Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in the 2020 Democratic primary, Pence’s staffers are considering how to deal with Haley more and more.
Jeff Timmer, former executive director of the Michigan Republican Party and senior adviser to the Lincoln Project said regarding this conflict that it was one that no one was paying attention to, as everyone had turned their attention to “the heavyweight matchup between Trump and DeSantis.”
While both Pence and Haley might be part of the matchup as well, the attention is currently on Trump and DeSantis since that is the more high-stakes matchup.
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