On Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald Trump is converting the historic Old Post Office Pavilion into one of his Trump hotels. Now, the real-estate mogul and soon-to-be former star of NBC's reality show The Celebrity Apprentice has his sights set on acquiring another historic building up the street.
Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, according to a report from The Union Leader in New Hampshire.
While Trump teased the public into believing he wanted to be president over several earlier cycles, this will be the first time he is formally launching an exploratory committee and seriously ramping up staff in early states from South Carolina to Iowa. According to The Union Leader, he has has also chosen not to renew a contract for his "Apprentice" series on NBC. Trump's entry into an already crowded Republican field could mean trouble for the Republican Party's leaders.
Unlike 2012, when a wide range of eccentric candidates from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann to pizza giant Herman Cain enjoyed temporary front-runner status, the crop of 2016 candidates appears much more competitive and serious. With Trump potentially in the race, the chances for the party to go off-message greatly increase. He has come to be known as a walking sound bite in GOP circles—unpredictable, flashy, and unafraid of lighting the party's carefully crafted campaign message on fire.