DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN)–Republican Duncan Hunter's presidential campaign announced Saturday that former McCain staffer Patrick Anderson has signed on as Hunter's Iowa director.
"It wasn't a hard decision at all," Anderson told CNN. "It's interesting because about four hours after I committed to McCain, [the Hunter people] called and said they wanted me. I would have gone with Hunter in the first place, but the McCain people had been on and off before Hunter made the decision."
Anderson was coalition director of field operations for John McCain's presidential campaign, but was one of a handful of staffers laid off in early July. Before working for the Arizona senator, he was also the Iowa director for Chicago businessman John Cox, a Republican presidential candidate whose campaign, according to Anderson, has "sort of failed to take off nationally."
Duncan Hunter, a California congressman, currently has three other staffers working under Anderson in Iowa.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch