Rubio hires top South Carolina GOP consultant
February 10th, 2011
07:46 PM ET
9 years ago

Rubio hires top South Carolina GOP consultant

Washington (CNN) - As the field of potential Republican presidential candidates searches for staffers and advisers to run their campaigns in the key early nominating states, they can scratch one of South Carolina's top GOP operatives off their lists.

Longtime Columbia-based strategist Terry Sullivan is heading to Capitol Hill, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN, to serve as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Sullivan has a long resume in South Carolina politics, but he has also worked on several other high-profile races, including Rubio's winning Senate campaign and, before that, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's ill-fated 2010 gubernatorial bid.

He is a longtime adviser to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a close Rubio ally. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sullivan headed up former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign in the Palmetto State, which traditionally holds the First-in-the-South presidential primary.

Filed under: Marco Rubio • South Carolina
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  1. fayse

    The "popular" new senator does not stray from the Tea Party script. Word for word he repeats their ridiculous statements. As I have pointed out many times, the Tea party is a spin off of the John Birch Society. Look it up for your self. The Koch's father and brothers are heavily involved with both and both the Tea Party and John Birch Society are extremist. America rejected the JBS, hopefully they will wake up and reject this one too.

    February 10, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. carlos

    not such an impressive resume, besides why not hire someone from Florida, what is wrong with that Marco????..and from south carolina??????? phew.

    February 10, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Maybe somebody should start a rumor that rubio is a communist. His family and roots are in/from Cuba so that pretty much should make him a communist and/or socialist by association.

    February 10, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |