This article first appeared in The Buffalo News.
Mike Dubke spent less than four months as President Trump’s communications director, but his quick exit did come with a benefit: He didn’t have to give away his Buffalo Bills tickets.
“I think I said to somebody on my way out the door, ‘Well at least I’ll make the Bills’ season next year,’ ” Dubke, who grew up in Hamburg, told The Buffalo News in a recent telephone interview.
The 48-year-old political communications operative is a respected figure in GOP circles, but save for his brief stint as a top aide to President Trump, has maintained a low public profile. Dubke rarely gives interviews, but agreed to speak to The News for a story on fellow Western New Yorker-turned-D.C. insider Julie Pace, who is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press.
“There’s a soft spot in my heart for anything to do with Western New York,” said Dubke, who expanded beyond Pace in the 35-minute conversation and reflected on his formative years in two Hamburgs, the intensity of the Trump White House, and what he feels is a permanently changed news cycle.
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