February 15th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Top Romney aide to head political organization

Mitt Romney's political action committee has a new executive director.
Mitt Romney's political action committee has a new executive director.

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney took another step towards an increasingly likely 2012 presidential bid Monday by naming Matt Rhoades the executive director of his political action committee, Free and Strong American PAC.

Rhoades is a Romney veteran, having served as communications director during the former Massachusetts governor's first presidential run in 2008. He was also deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee in 2006 and research director for George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.

Rhoades replaces Pete Flaherty, who will now become a senior adviser to the PAC.

"Matt Rhoades has one of the sharpest political minds in the business," Romney said in a statement. "He's been a friend and an adviser for several years now and I'm pleased that he has agreed to run the day-to-day operations of my Free and Strong America PAC. He shares with me the view that 2010 is going to be a critical election year, with many races and lots of opportunities to elect Republican candidates."


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  1. ThinkAgain

    Republicans will never elect Mitt Romney and here's why, in one word:

    Mormon

    The evangelical "Christian base" that's taken over the leadership of the GOP think that Mormons belong to a cult.

    Either they will have to make a pact with the devil or Romney to back Mitt in 2012.

    Should be interesting to watch all the contortions and soul-selling.

    February 15, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. virginia nielsen

    When the "store manequin" is going to give up !!! No religious people in the presidence !!! We would go 50 years backwords !!! NO WAY !!!

    February 15, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. notfooledbydistractions

    Is Romney going to try to buy this nomination too?

    February 15, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Mitt Romney is another neo-con extremist republican, bent on giving breaks to the wealthy at the cost of middle class Americans. His father was a lousy governor in MI and Mitt was born a silver spoon baby. It's not that hard to be a so-called "successful businessman" when you have massive amounts of money behind you. Another example of this is George W. Bush, who had massive amounts of Saudi Arabian money behind him.

    February 15, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Mike, FL

    No one in his/her right mind would vote for Mitt (the former hedge fund manager) to be a president! The country is fed up with the Wall Street fat cats and doesn’t need one as it’s leader!!

    February 15, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. rosslaw

    Is political wizard Matt Rhoades the mental giant who persuaded Mitt, who has the political spine of Gumby, to switch overnight from pro choice to mandatory birthing of rapes and from common sense gun control to arming the Mexican drug cartels, as well as repudiate Mitts's own efforts to health care reform in Mass.? That Rhoades? No doubt we'll all hear about Mitt's return to "principles" the Repubs have ignored or deemed outright laughable since 1981.

    February 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. The Right

    OK dems,this is your chance to hop on a winning ticket and jump ship while you can,your man Obamie just is not up to the job.By 2012 I am not sure we will still have anyone to admit they are a dem.Avoid the mass exodus and slip out now.

    February 15, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Jane/Seattle

    Romney is nothing but a Capitalist Predator! Making him President would be disastrous! But then again, the GOP brethren appear to embrace Disasters – including those political candidates that injure them more than anyone else! The ignorance is amazing to see and types like Romney must very much enjoy this deception over their OJ!

    February 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Hopefully, the GOP primary will have better options available.

    February 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. MK in Arizona

    Great! I hope Romney is getting everyone in place to help him in a 2012 run for the presidency. The country needs Mitt's skill set and experience at this time to put us back on track.
    Romney in 2012!!

    February 15, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Romney couldn't beat Huckabee. What makes him think he can beat the President?

    February 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. aware

    If money is the top card then Mitt might succeed but this Independent says no! :(

    February 15, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Dar

    Come on Mitt, your a good guy, but you just dont have it. Sorry,but maybe a vice president would suit you better We are going to need a very good person to fix the economy after Odumbo puts us into the depths of debt's hell.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 15, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Terry from West Texas

    Which candidate is more frightening? Palin or Romney? Palin is of low intelligence but has a crude sort of native cunning. She is a pathological liar (Death Panels?). She is a real loose cannon, and if elected might decide to become America's first President for Life or perhaps the Eva Peron of America. It is highly likely that Palin will self-destruct before 2012.

    Romney, however, is smart and well educated. He is connected in politics and business. He actually believes that we live in a nation of corporations with a government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. I am more frightened of smart people than dumb ones, generally, so I suggest that Romney is the greater threat to our democracy.

    February 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. CommonSense09

    Again Mitt, the people of America have not forgot the 8 years under the Republican leadership....therefore don't be surprised by the outcome of the Conservative movement replacing the Republican party.....Twice is a charm running for President......right how about embrassing when you drop out again in 2012

    February 15, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. independent

    Look at that photo, does that self-serving image inspire you to vote for him. Even more than most political hacks, this guy is a political thing for himself and big business.

    February 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Sue

    This is GREAT news!!! Romney in 2012 wih Scott Brown as his VP running mate!!!

    Romney is a business/financial/economic genius--which is DEFINITELY what we are going to need in 2012-- after the destruction to our economy by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and the rest of the liberal Democrats!!!!

    Romney assisted Scott Brown with his campaign, so I am hoping that Romney picks Brown as his VP running mate. This would also be GREAT news.

    It will be HILARIOUS to see/hear the debates between Romney and Obama-–when Obama won't be able to have memorized, prepared responses set up on his teleprompter.

    February 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Give it up Mr. Mittens. The tea baggers and right wingnuts want no part of you.

    February 15, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    What a farce. I hope that Conservatism and all its' evil sub-human followers die a swift, but painful death at the hands of those who are only now realizing how dangerous the Right-wing really is. Infinitely worse than Al-Queda or the Taliban because they are already here among us.

    February 15, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Dale

    I am one Mormon that wouldn't vote for this guy Romney. He is a warmonger, just like most Republicans.

    I voted for Obama because he is diplomacy first, war as a last resort. So far he has fulfilled these expectations, so I still support Obama.

    February 15, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |