Bush and Reagan aides added to Perry campaign leadership
October 24th, 2011
05:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush and Reagan aides added to Perry campaign leadership

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry added substantial political firepower to his presidential campaign Monday by hiring several seasoned GOP operatives.

The Perry team announced Monday that Joe Allbaugh, who managed George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, would be joining the campaign.

Curt Anderson, Nelson Warfield, and Tony Fabrizio –all veterans of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's successful 2010 campaign– will also join Perry as he attempts to salvage his campaign after sinking poll numbers and much-maligned debate performances.

Allbaugh and Fabrizio, along with Fred Maas, will serve as senior advisers to Perry's campaign. Anderson, Warfield, and Jim Innocenzi will join the team's national media team.

"I am honored to have these experienced professionals joining our growing campaign team," Perry said in a statement. "These experienced advisors will play an instrumental role in helping me share my vision to get America working again with the nation, and I am proud to have their support as our campaign expands."

Aside from working on Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, Allbaugh worked on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid, and served as director of FEMA.

Anderson worked in the Ronald Reagan White House and as political director for the Republican National Committee. Fabrizio worked as a pollster for Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, as well as Scott's 2010 gubernatorial campaign in Florida.

Recently Perry has been sliding in national polls – the most recent CNN/ORC International Poll, taken Oct. 14-16, shows 14% of GOP voters choosing Perry as their candidate. That's far behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who received 51%, and former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain, who got 18%.

Perry will unveil an economic plan – based primarily on a flax-tax – on Tuesday in South Carolina.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. m

    Pery is an empty suite – will soon be Texas Toast -

    October 24, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    If he does not stand a chance, what does it matter? Has anyone asked him what he is going to do as president since he, as Texas governor, disregarded an old tradition of not executing foreign born, as insisted by the White House and Dept of Justice, and executed a Mexican immigrant.

    October 24, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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