Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a report of a staff shakeup was "news to me" and added that any reshuffling of his top staffers was "not in my purview" when speaking to reporters Tuesday.
The governor brushed aside several questions about the reported shakeup when journalists approached him after his fourth New Hampshire event.
Earlier in the day, POLITICO had reported that former President George W. Bush adviser Joe Allbaugh, who was brought onto the campaign in October, had replaced Rob Johnson as campaign manager, and that senior strategist Dave Carney had been demoted.
Perry advisers disputed those reports Tuesday, as did the candidate when asked about Carney and Johnson.
"News to me. I've talked to both of them within, matter of fact, the last 24 hours," he said. "I would suggest to you that's just scuttlebutt.'"
When pressed about the reported expanded duties for senior adviser Allbaugh, the 2000 campaign manager for Bush, Perry said that was "not in my purview."
"I try to get out and be the best candidate I can be every day," he said. "The best I can tell, everybody's working hard and getting the work done. So I'm a happy camper, and that's a good thing."