(CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie will join the Mitt Romney campaign as a senior adviser, a source close to the campaign confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
Gillespie served as a top aide to then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey and as a counselor to President George W. Bush before taking the reigns at the RNC in 2003.
New York (CNN) - American Crossroads, the Republican group backed by GOP consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, will launch its first television ads supporting GOP House candidates this week, as officials there boast about a fundraising surge in the wake of White House attacks on the organization.
A spokesman for American Crossroads, Jonathan Collegio, says the group, along with its affiliate American Crossroads GPS, will begin airing television ads in eight House districts on Friday, and plans to go into 15 House races by Election Day. So far, the group's focus has been on Senate races.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan, who has maintained a very low profile since losing his re-election bid to Michael Steele last year, has re-emerged as a top advisor to a new Republican effort to pick up state legislative seats in this year's midterm elections.
The effort - REDistricting MAjority Project, or REDMAP - is a program of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which also works to elect Republicans to state legislatures and down-ballot offices like Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
The RSLC recently added another former RNC chairman, Ed Gillespie, as its chairman. REDMAP's goal is to boost GOP majorities in state legislatures around the country, which will play a crucial role in the 2011 redistricting process.
Duncan is one of four new senior advisers to REDMAP. The others are former Tennessee Sen. and RNC chairman Bill Brock, former North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes and former RNC official Anne Hathaway.
"We're thrilled to join the RSLC team and are excited about combining our ideas about redistricting with the proven success the RSLC has had on state races to ensure future GOP victories," Duncan said in a statement announcing the launch of REDMAP.
Duncan served as party chairman from January 2007 until he withdrew from the contested chairman's race in January 2009.