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DES MOINES, Iowa — Tana Goertz made a national name for herself a decade ago on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump’s reality show. Now she will work to make Trump the country’s next president.

“Nope,” Goertz told Channel 13 when  asked if she had ever worked for a political campaign before. But she believes Trump is a one-of-a-kind. And so is she. “My ideas are out of the box, over the top, out of control,” Goertz said.

She thinks her promotional ideas are just what Trump’s unique campaign needs and that’s what she will bring as his Iowa Co-Chair.

“I’m only working on this because it’s Donald Trump. That’s really the only reason. I wouldn’t for anyone else,” Goertz said.

Goertz said her time on “The Apprentice” in 2005 let her see the professional qualities Trump has as an executive and the personal traits she has come to respect.

“I witnessed firsthand what a great leader he is. I’ve seen him in action. I’ve seen that he’s true to his word. I know how patriotic he is,” Goertz said. “My role is to be informing Iowans about his greatness because only I know. I believe I know him better than anyone on the campaign . . . I’ve been in his home. I know his children. I know his favorite foods.”

By the way, Trump loves pizza and bacon, she said. Look for a campaign event featuring that love of bacon, she hinted.

Goertz is well aware of the controversy that follows Trump. His comments about Mexicans have drawn criticism from other Republicans candidates and cost him business, as well.

Goertz said she will defend Trump to anyone who will listen because she knows the controversy is all just a misunderstanding from those who don’t really know Trump. “It does bother me that people are misunderstanding him,” Goertz said. “He loves Mexicans. He hired Mexicans. He didn’t say they are bad Americans . . . we have rapists and drug dealers who live in our country, too.”

Besides defending, Goertz is ready start promoting. Besides bacon, she’s thinking cycling. Goertz said she will lead Team Trump in RAGBRAI later this month. She adds her title will be, of course, “Project Manager.”