Earlier this month, Joe Trippi told me that he was in talks with Representative Carolyn Maloney about working on Maloney's possible primary challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Now, after a bit of a courtship, Trippi's firm confirms it is actually getting paid to put a campaign together. Paul Blank, the director of Trippi & Associates, told me in an email, "I can confirm we are now being paid by Maloney, and Joe Trippi will be her chief strategist and media consultant. The campaign is putting together the team now and will be announcing the team when she makes her official announcement in two weeks."
Last month, high-powered consultant Josh Isay said the report that Representative Carolyn Maloney had hired him to work on her primary campaign was not true. He did say he was supportive of her candidacy, but he was not being paid.