A Democratic mayoral candidate in a small New Jersey city was the man who escorted Donald Trump’s father-in-law and mother-in-law to become naturalized American citizens today.
Michael Wildes, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Englewood, is an immigration attorney who represented Melania Trump on immigration matters. He has been an immigration lawyer for the Trump Organization since the 1990’s.
He also represented Amalija and Viktor Knavs, the president’s in-laws, in their bid for U.S. citizenship. Wildes also represented them in their bid for a family visa through the sponsorship of the First Lady, one of the family visa categories President Trump opposes.
Despite his representation of the Trump family, Wildes has been a vocal opponent of the president’s immigration policies.
“It’s no secret that Michael Wildes has represented the Trump family in immigration matters for many years. That has not stopped him from being an outspoken critic of President Trump’s policies, including most recently appearing on multiple news programs discussing the President’s harmful child separation policy,” said Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for the Wildes campaign. “At every turn he has respected the privacy of his clients and his role as a proud Democrat.”
Still, his ties to the Trump’s became an issue in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor last June. He won that race by a 2-1 margin.
“Englewood Democrats supported Michael Wildes overwhelmingly in the Primary because they believe he is the right choice to move the city forward and he looks forward to the General Election and the chance to work to renew Englewood,” Swibinski said.
Wildes served as mayor from 2004 to 2010.