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Trump calls former mayor a 'great asset'

April 13, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

It wasn't in time for deadline for Sunday's Herald-Mail, but Donald Trump wanted the paper to know how much he values former Martinsburg, W.Va., Mayor Tony Senecal.

Eleven years ago - after serving two years as mayor and making national news for a proposal to require panhandlers to get licenses - Senecal became Trump's butler at the posh Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.

"He's an exceptional talent," Trump said in a voice mail message Sunday, after a feature about Senecal had already hit the newsstands. "He's a very loyal, hard-working guy, (with) great political bearing and experience, and I'm very lucky to have him.

"Every club that's the success of a Mar-a-Lago Club - every club needs somebody like Tony. ... Otherwise, the club just won't work.

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"He's been really a great asset to the Mar-a-Lago Club and we're very lucky to have him."

Trump, a billionaire known for his towering real estate projects, has been a staple on TV lately with his reality show "The Apprentice." The winner, to be announced Thursday, will earn a one-year contract as president of one of Trump's companies.

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