Senior adviser from 2008 rejoins Romney's team
March 28th, 2011
08:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Senior adviser from 2008 rejoins Romney's team

(CNN) - A key adviser to Mitt Romney's 2008 bid for the White House is returning to the fold, another sign that the former Massachusetts governor is building up to what appears to be another run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney's Free and Strong America PAC announced Monday that Lanhee Chen will join the political action committee as policy director. Chen served as Romney's chief domestic policy adviser during the 2008 campaign. Chen was also a health policy adviser to President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and served at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Bush administration.

Romney's PAC is also announcing that it's donating $25,000 to the New Jersey GOP to help the state party as it aids Republican candidates in legislative elections this year. Romney aides say that the donation brings to over $300,000 the amount of money Romney's PAC has contributed to congressional candidates and Republican party organizations this year.

"It is important to help candidates who are fighting for conservative principles, whether in Washington or in the states," Romney said in a statement

Romney also was a big supporter of Republican candidates last year during the midterm elections. Such assistance could pay dividends later this year and next year if Romney, as expected, runs again for the White House.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Romney's fired up! Ready to lose!

    March 28, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. desi

    Your going to need alot more than him,Mr.Romney? Your fellow Repubs, and Tea Partie, are on their way to another lose in 2012. Republicans have done "Nothing" to help our country get out of their mess! Thanks Mr.Obama for your Cool and Calculated,efforts to "Fix our Gop nightmare" Stay the Path.

    March 28, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. diridi

    because Romney is an idiot....that's why....o.k. of course, Palentine, Rand Paul too....but he is the biggest!!!!

    March 28, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Name king

    Romney the inventor of the universal health care law, but had to ditch his legacy when he recognized, how lunatic his party has become. He is running and hiding and ditching as much as he can, spew unrealistic spins why his policy "which is almost identical to Obama, barring the stipulation Obamacare puts on insurance companies of bringing down cost by using 85 percent of insurance money back to the health care cost", is legitimate and obama's is not. other than that, the bills are
    almost identical.

    March 28, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    If it didn't work the first time, just keep doing it...

    ...kind of explains the Republican insanity and futility, not to mention that they keep wanting to go back to Bush policies which more than anything else PUT US IN THIS SITUATION IN THE FRIST PLACE...

    but you know what they say about insanity...keep doing the same thing and expecting different results....well, just look at the above article...

    March 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    It is very encouraging to see the trajectory Mitt Romney is taking here to the White House. He has the capability to quickly bring the federal government back to a position of effectiveness, he understands as well as anyone in Washington what makes the economy work and he is the kind of intelligent manager that has the bandwidth to take on a job as big as the US President. The current Administration runds on gimmics and hope. A Romney Administration will run on capability and confidence. He is getting in it to win it and that's what we need to see.

    March 28, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like Romney to stay out of NJ. We have enough issues without outside people putting money where I work and live. Keep it and screw up someone else's state.

    March 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Uh Oh – he'll be advised to select Palin or Bachmann so all the stuupid broads in this country vote for him.

    (Won't work –AGAIN)! If they didn't learn before, maybe they will this time (doubt it – they drag their knuckles).

    March 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Since he did such a good job last time (wink wink) Mittens why NOT recycle this guy??

    March 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Just keep bringing them back from the Bush debacle. Flip-flop goes the flapper.

    March 28, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    This man will never become President of the United States. Romney would be better advised to continue his Mormon quest of reaching toward those three tiers of Heaven Mormons preach of . . . wherein once reaching the highest tier, Romney can become a branch of GOD himself - thus judging the least of us to his endless content.

    March 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    What a dweeb! Wake up, Mittens, you'll never get elected (6 words why: evangelicals think Mormons are a cult).

    March 28, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |