Gillespie to join Team Romney as adviser
April 5th, 2012
07:31 AM ET
8 years ago

Gillespie to join Team Romney as adviser

(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.

In 2010, Gillespie, who has founded strategic counseling and lobbying firms, was named the chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which helps elect Republicans to local and state-wide positions.

Romney said Gillespie will bring a "wealth of experience that will prove invaluable in the political battle that lies ahead."

"He'll help in bringing Republicans and all Americans together behind my campaign and in communicating our message that America can do better than the chronic high unemployment, slow economic growth, and bitter political divisions that are Barack Obama's primary accomplishments," the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement.

News of Gillespie's new role was first reported by Politico.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ed Gillespie • Mitt Romney
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ed always did have a nose for money.

    April 5, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Romney continues to surround himself with lackeys from the Bush administration. I'm pretty sure the country will take note and vote accordingly.

    April 5, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    They are bringing out the Super Soakers.
    Time to circle the Bentleys around Mittens, and surround him with the type of advice that only money can buy.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 5, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. mm

    Romney – Exclusively for the 1%-2012. Yay!

    April 5, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. Peace

    Is Romney really thinking???? This man Gillespie worked hard to bring republicans to congress in 2010, who have showed so far a total failure. So who will be next from Bush era to join his campaign?? Will it be Mr. big head Karl Rove??? Romney, you have lost my vote and many of my friends.

    April 5, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. American

    Ed Gillespie + Karl Rove = Romney Bush 2.0

    A "wealth" of bad experience that favors the rich off the backs of middle-class Americans. No thanks.

    April 5, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. king

    These repubs ideology and policies are so narrow, that Romney could get anyone without experience to advise him. All they have to tell him is to cut, the spenders money and give it to the rich, and drill baby drill, what's so hard about that. The problem is: they would cut folks going into small mama's and papa's stores, give it to rich so that could put it into swish accounts, and over seas tax havens, starving the economy of more revenues. Then big companies will flea to China when folks stop coming into their business, because of the repubs massive raping of the middle class and poor.

    April 5, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Why? He's already playing the karl Rove game of "projection". Every weakness that Romney has is what he's trying to say Obama has. It's ugly.

    Those of us with an education recognize his lying game and don't just follow him blindly like the sheep and baggers on the GOP side.

    April 5, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Why is CNN not reporting the fact that American Crossroads GPS, is a SUPER PAC that is formed by Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove?!!!
    I dont see that anywhere in this article!....or is it NOT illegal for SUPER PACs to coordinate political activities with Etch-a-Sketch Mitt, let alone hiring one as a full fledged member of their campaign?!!!

    Is Ed Gillespie going to give up his role as American Crossroads GPS SUPER PAC goon?...or is it okay for SUPER PACS to now Etch-a-Sketch their way to Mitt's campaign and start all over on a clean slate?!!!

    Where do we draw the line between receiving campaign cash & SUPER PAC donations aka foreign money in US Elections? I smell a rat here and NOBODY is investigating this?!!!!

    Where is your reporting CNN?....Hello "Citizens United"!!!

    April 5, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. ED FL

    Just what the GOP DOESN"T need, a connection to Dick Armey and more than likely Tom Delay involved in Romneys campaign. Gillespie's involvment should close the casket on any GOP dreams.

    April 5, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |