Bush and Reagan aides added to Perry campaign leadership
October 24th, 2011
05:37 PM ET
2 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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bye, bye Mittens. The republican party is a cartoon.

    October 24, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Jake

    well he does have Ronald Reagan's good looks, mixed with the stupidity of George Bush. I guess that's exactly what the GOP needs, makes sense to me!

    October 24, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. MaryM

    LOL, and the GOP/TP thinks this will help Perry win? What a joke!!

    October 24, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry's campaign is a piece of work. I think it is a train crash is slow motion. He might win the nomination, but Perry is completely unelectable in the general election.

    October 24, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Several Bush "advisors" not lowly aides were added to Romney's camp just last week. So now what we have is: Romney and Perry as repeats of Geo. W. Bush. I'm betting on Romney to beat out Perry because Romney has Waterboarding Cheney's backing and Rove's $upport.

    October 24, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. westward

    Perry was the 'real' GOP candidate to begin with. As dense and corporate-owned as he is.. What amazes me is how the Republicans out do themselves with a more stupid candidate every time. What did you do, raise him in a cave?

    October 24, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. what would Rick Perry do?

    Perry seems to only be capable of leveling half-baked accusations at Romney . . . "the very height of hypocrisy!" You go Ricky boy!

    October 24, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Jim in San Mateo

    Let's see. Directed FEMA under George Bush. That's impressive. Worked on Rudi Guliani's FAILED 2008 WH bid? Those are some credentials. Even God couldn't resuscitate this campaign and that's probably what he's counting on. Get praying Anita!

    October 24, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Jim in San Mateo

    The Republican Party (The Greedy Obstructive Party) has a real problem on it's hands. Mitt Romney is not electable because he is a Mormon. Rick Perry is not electable because this country will not make the same mistake of giving the Presidency to a Texas Governor. Obama will be reelected and won't have the opportunity to do anything because the Republican Congress will sit on it's hands for another four years in hopes that it's inability to get it's work done will convince the American people that they need Republican President.

    October 24, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Reggie from LA

    So. He can't whomp Romney and "Herb" on his own and with his current crew? Break out the bag o' dirty tricks and the gunslingers. Geezis! If they got Rick Scott in, FL was either dumber than a box o' rox or just plain stupid. Scott was/is a criminal. Yes, the drug test scheme IS criminal. Must win, no matter what. How naive we are to think that merit has a place, especially in the upcoming election. Too much corporate money has been spent, eh boys? Damn, we're morally bankrupt.

    October 24, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Joe

    Not sure anything this guy does will help him get to the OO. He's certainly not made of the right stuff, sorry to say. Hos track record will haunt him.

    October 24, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Perry is a LOSER and it doesn't matter how much money he has or who works on his campaign – Perry is laughingly unqualified for ANY office. He can't even run TX – destroying education, NO jobs, wants to kill Social Security, Medicare, and all healthcare for the PEOPLE, is a nutjob extremist, and is as dishonest and corrupt as they come. TX hates him.

    October 24, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. garabaldi4u

    So a return to Bush policies and mentality? This is the Republican answer to the crisis facing this country and the World? Another Texas yahoo? It was Bush and his advisers who started both the Iraq War and the economic disaster, but hey, the voters are dumb enough to buy it again, right? How disrespectful of the average American can you be? How stupid do you think we are?

    October 24, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. NES5000B

    Who cares -he's no Ronald Reagan....

    October 24, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. CBR

    Governor Perry can add even more people to his campaign committee. However, he is the candidate and he has not been a very good candidate. He has shown a lock of good sense and reasoning and that cannot come from his aides. His mistakes are his own even though he blamed a summer staffer for a a mistake in his literature. That demonstrated to me that he should not be president.

    Candidates do not always understand that the buck stops with them. Right or wrong the candidate has the responsibility.

    October 24, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. skarphace

    Regardless of his recent fall in the polls, I still predict Perry will win the Republican nomination.

    Romney has the best chance, but he is Mormon and therefore unelectable in my opinion (not that I care, but Teavangelists sure do).

    Cain never really had a shot. We all know why, but his fall will be blamed on his abortion comments.

    Huntsman and Paul have the best shot at independent and moderate votes, and therefore have the best shot at beating Obama, but neither have enough moderate Republican support to win the nomination.

    Bachmann, Santorum, and Gingrinch are just footnotes.

    Perry is the only White, Evangelical male. His sin of giving education to illegals will soon be forgiven and he will once again become the Tea Party's great white hope.

    Trust me, I hope I am wrong as I am a Paul supporter, but I doubt I am.

    October 24, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Just saying

    What! He didn't add Karl Rove?

    October 24, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I could not stop laughing.....using Perry and leadership in the same sentence just made me spit my soda all over the keyboard....gotta go clean it up.

    October 24, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Rick

    It really doesn't matter who works on Perry's team. He's the one who will have to stand on his own. They should first of all advise him to go to some public speaking classes, the afterwards some public debating classes.

    His awkwardness at debates and his poor word usage is a huge set back for him. In any case he comes across as ignorant, arrogant and demanding. These poor qualities disqualify his candidacy.

    October 24, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. ED FL

    America will be thrilled to see that you have hired the same people that gave us Bush and Guilliani.Their biggest advantge for your about to be failure, should assure President Obama a reelection.How can this many people be this Dumb/Smart. Smart because they are going to take lots of your money yet dumb enough to think America would fall again for the likes of Bush and Guillianai

    October 24, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Perry will beat MITTens and then President Obama will mop the floor with Perry and win in 2012!!

    ginGRINCH and Cain are trying to "buddy up" in an attempt to become Dumb and Dumber of the United States – NOT going to work.

    Paul will not run on the Republican ticket and STEAL most of the votes from Perry.

    Santorum is done; along with Bachmann and Huntsmann

    My oh my – what a lineup coming from the Right!!\

    Obama 2012

    October 24, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Ed DFWTX

    Director of FEMA and worked under the Bush adminisration during Katrina. That should really help Perry's campaign -NOT! Perry can't be helped. He's a lousy Governor and pretty much a failure all around.

    October 24, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    the only thing that this will do is bring defeat. Texas leaves a bad taste in our mouths! Bush leaves a bad taste in our mouths. Ron R. Well, a sour taste!

    October 24, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. thomas

    The most corrupt campaign in US history !

    Curt Anderson, Nelson Warfield, and Tony Fabrizio –all veterans of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's successful 2010 campaign.

    These guys could get Joseph Stalin elected President .

    October 24, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Wow G.W.Bush staffs so he has to forgot the nomination

    October 24, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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