Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt, former Edelman vice chairman and campaign strategist for John McCain’s presidential run, will continue to advise former Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz, who is mulling an independent run for the White House.

Schultz, who has had three back surgeries over the past two months, has suspended political activities for the summer and will decide after Labor Day whether to resume his long-shot bid for president.

He laid off most of his campaign staff, but is sticking with Schmidt, according to CNBC.

The emergence of Joe Biden, who is deemed a moderate by many political observers, may have given the billionaire coffee magnate second thoughts about running for the White House.

Schmidt, who also worked in the George W. Bush White House, left the Republican party last June because he said it had become “fully the party of Trump.”