Barbour hires key adviser, plans N.H. trip
March 16th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Barbour hires key adviser, plans N.H. trip

Washington (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has hired a key political operative and is planning to visit New Hampshire later this month, as he inches closer to a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Michael Dennehy, a veteran of New Hampshire politics, has signed on as an adviser to Barbour's political action committee, Haley's PAC. It is a significant addition to Barbour's political operation as Dennehy is widely respected as an influential operator who oversaw Sen. John McCain's Granite State primary campaigns in 2000 and 2008.

"If he runs, he will be a formidable candidate given his two terms as governor of Mississippi and dealing with two crises: Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill," Dennehy said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "Given his charisma, personality and his excitement for retail campaigning it makes him a perfect candidate for New Hampshire."

Barbour will visit New Hampshire on March 27th and 28th for a handful of political events. He just wrapped up a visit to Iowa where he helped raise money for the state Republican Party.

The Mississippi governor, who has done stints as the head of the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, is expected to announce his future political plans late next month.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Barbour = No on Peoples rights! He's a NO!

    March 16, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Jim

    I have a real hard time imagining this guy as our President. He has horrible grammer, unsightly looking fellow and a lot of baggage in his past.

    March 16, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Indy

    What a complete waste of time and energy. Barbour has a closet full of problems and a state full of problems that will mean he will never get the nomination NEVER-EVER. He should respect the country and stop the nonsense and do something good where he has a chance of success.

    March 16, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Don't waste your money. Not that it has been hard earned!!!

    March 16, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. cradlemom

    Just what our country needs, a good ol boy from the great state of Mississipppi to deliver us! Would love to see the debate between Mr Barbour and President Obama

    March 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    The way Barbour talks is so disgusting. Just the thought of him representing our country with his broken English accentuated with mealy mouthed jibberish is enough to make you throw-up.

    March 16, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Name Creole

    And this is what the Repulican party of I DON't KNOW, NO!!!!, I HAVE NO IDEA, has to give ...LORD we are in touble if you all vote for these folks OBAMA 2012

    March 16, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. mom2boys

    The problem with these republicans is that they tend to say AND believe stupid things but think nothing of it. They apparently thing the rest of the country is as backwards as they are and that they actually have a fighting chance. None of these clowns so desperately seeking the nomination has a snow balls chance in you know what of beating Pres. Obama.

    March 16, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Barbour's new campaign strategy of *no one has heard of me, so I'm a viable candidate * is quite interesting. Curious to see how far he will have to climb up the ladder before he becomes *known* enough to win. All things considered, he probably won't make it up the first step (or primary).

    March 16, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. ART

    Let the xenaphobia begin. This moron is a big fat racist

    March 16, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Juan

    Haley Barbour. I hope he don't get the Republican nomination. I don't know who would vote for a redneck.

    March 16, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. omgamike

    What a waste of time and money, for someone who has absolutely no chance of even getting the nomination. Though I imagine the dems would salivate at even the prospect of him being the nominee! Haley has way too much bad baggage in his closet. He is a avowed racist and governor of a state that is almost in last place in any ranking you can think of. His public charm is about a millimeter thick. Only the deep south could even consider running such a man for President.

    March 16, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. LA, LA, LA

    That's one job that won't last.

    March 16, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Jef Brown in Jersey

    Will anyone who isn't an ignorant racist actually vote for this guy?

    March 16, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. irene

    This is unbelievable, This man is the man who wants to honor the founder of the KKK – but he's probably a good "Christian." What is wrong with people who vote for right wing fundamentalists? They are never going to do what is best for the people. All they care about is big business contributions to their campaign, power, and using church to swindle people some more. Dems had better wake up and vote, not like 2010, when they stayed home and allowed the minority GOP to take power and to take away our civil liberties. Wake Up!!!!!

    March 16, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Tam

    Why aren't all these future "candidates" home doing their jobs that they were elected to?

    March 16, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Haley Barbour could hire Jesus and it still wouldn't help...mostly because if Jesus came back for real and saw what the Republican Christians today did with his faith, he'd go "Jesus in the Temple with moneychangers" on them...

    March 16, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. No tea, coffee only

    Who is his new joke writer?

    March 16, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. The Dude

    Haley Barbour: just another bozo on the GOP bus to oblivion. He really should retire and let somebody smart take over.

    March 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Todd

    Governor of Mississippi. Yeah, that works. He doesn't even have the name recognition of some of the other republican candidates.

    March 16, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Please go away

    Poor thing, bless his heart, he has no clue.

    March 16, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. realitybites

    This is news to me. (Munch, Munch, chew, swallow) Dang it! Ahm awl fared up nah! (Smack, lick, swallow) Who in the H E double Hocky Sticks fahrd Roscoe P. Coletrian!? This is an injustice that he woulda gone an hard uh dang Yankee!!!! I ain't gonna stand for it (munch, munch, chew, swallow). Honey kin yew please pass me that, thankee. Whaat in the word is goin own here?

    March 16, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. realitybites

    Did any one notice that the Govs chin is pregnant? Birth of a nation, I tell ee.

    March 16, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. welches, oregon

    Yea, just what the country need. Another Good Ol'e Boy rich white guy from the south. It would be the absolutely demise of the middle class and any civil rights we have.

    March 16, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    this guy doesn't even LOOK presidential and it's all about image in America. But as a big southern sheriff the job would be his

    March 16, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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