Washington (CNN) – Republican Tim Pawlenty is adding to his team of advisers and strategists.
The former Minnesota governor announced Wednesday that GOP strategist Jon Seaton will join Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee as national political director, the second big hire in three days.
Seaton's a veteran of Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign for president and he worked in the political wing of the Bush White House.
"Jon is one of the Republican Party's top political organizers," Pawlenty said in a statement. "Jon has the skills, energy and experience to organize the grassroots army that can't wait to defeat President Obama. With Jon's help, we're going to unite all parts of the conservative movement around an optimistic agenda to take back our country."
The news on Seaton follows word Monday of another major score, when Pawlenty announced that former Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers was joining Pawlenty's team as campaign manager for the presidential exploratory committee.
Pawlenty formed the exploratory committee last month. Tuesday Pawlenty told CNN's Piers Morgan that "I'm focused on running for president," when asked a hypothetical question on whether he would serve as running mate to Donald Trump if Trump decides to run for the White House and happens to win the GOP presidential nomination.
Moments later Pawlenty told Morgan that "I've got an exploratory committee up and running and we'll have a final or full announcement in the coming weeks here, it won't be too much longer, but everything is headed in that direction."
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