Romney campaign adds two senior advisers
July 13th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign adds two senior advisers

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has added two additional staffers to its upper ranks, a senior campaign aide confirmed to CNN on Friday.

Danny Diaz and Kevin Sheridan have joined the campaign as senior advisers.

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Diaz was formerly communications director for the Republican National Committee and is a founding partner at the firm FP1 Strategies.

In the 2008 election cycle, he was deputy communications director for John McCain's presidential campaign.

Sheridan is a senior vice president at the Edelman public relations firm.

He was press director for the U.S. Agency for International Development under the administration of President George W. Bush, and through 2004 was a spokesman and director of regional media for the RNC.

Romney's campaign has added staff as it transitions from the GOP primaries to general election mode.

His staff has also come under criticism this month from prominent Republicans Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, and former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch.

Murdoch tweeted, "Tough O[bama] Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful."

- CNN Political Director Mark Preston contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Brian from IL

    Looks like Mittens listens to his boss Rupert Murdoch. Good boy, Mittens!

    July 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    so...the teleprompter candidate is adding 2 more lackeys......retreads from McCain and Duh Duh Duh-bya....ho hum

    July 13, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Romney already tanked and doesn't know it .its his turn . Not .

    July 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think these additions will help a flawed candidate.

    July 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Did you add any one to your vying vp yet? Peurto Rican guy, black lady, that India dude peeyuush zindaal the idiot so far?? Very pathetic party of NO. Obama12.

    July 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Antigonus

    This will never happen – it's an attempt to draw attention away from the Bain story, which is killing Romney in the news cycle.

    July 13, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Too late now ,try3012,I know its your turn.,but we don't want you !!!

    July 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. charlie

    If you want the democrats to go rabid. Have Mr Romney have lunch on different day W/ Paul Ryan , Saraha Palin
    Condi Rice and anyone else who will drive them off a cliff

    July 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Did you add any one to your vying vp yet? Peurto Rican guy, black lady, that India dude peeyuush zindaal the idiot so far?? Very pathetic party of NO. Obama12."
    --------
    Dude. Put down the keyboard. Get an education. Become a productive citizen.

    July 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. MaryM

    There is a new "W" in town and his name is Willard

    July 13, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Where's the "Etch-A-Sketch" guy Willard? Did you fire him?

    July 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Willard listens to Rush limbu too, very good boy!!!!heee, heee, heeee, heeeee!!!!!

    July 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. tellin it like it is

    i hope they came loaded for bear. the obama smear machine is in overdrive panic mode as the polls show them dropping. go after them and go after them hard with their record of failure. they are trying everything in the book to distract from it. don't let them get away with and con and s crae the american people from the better choice.

    July 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "U.S. Agency for International Development under the administration of President George W. Bush"

    Aaaaah, the same agency that redefined "international development" as meaning "kill 100K innocent Iraqis under false pretenses and incarcerate scary foreigners indenfinitely without representation, formal charges or a trial"???

    July 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Willard is hiding out today because the truth about him is starting to surface. Some leader you got there republican party.

    July 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""Did you add any one to your vying vp yet? Peurto Rican guy, black lady, that India dude peeyuush zindaal the idiot so far?? Very pathetic party of NO. Obama12.""

    No kidding...next thing you know, Peter Dinklage will show up on the list just so Mittens can say he's got the short people covered.

    July 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. tellin it like it is

    Sniffit
    "U.S. Agency for International Development under the administration of President George W. Bush"
    Aaaaah, the same agency that redefined "international development" as meaning "kill 100K innocent Iraqis under false pretenses and incarcerate scary foreigners indenfinitely without representation, formal charges or a trial"???

    some bad koolaide today? it is friday the 13th.

    July 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Darryl

    What a mess, Change your pants all you want,get the size you think you need or the color or the length. All the changes and all the money in the world isn't going to help because the United States is NOT FRO SALE! The President we have right now is doing a great job leading this country to a better future and showing us we will have a secure future now and in the future.This country has needed someone like Pres.Obama for a very long time. It might not be moving as fast as allot of people would like it to but it's up to us to see that we never slip back into the horrific experience we all just went through.Patience & Perservance is what we need to hold on to.He's putting everything in place so it's safe and secure for this generation and thoese who come behind us.At the end of his second term everything should be on a path to a strong and growing successful economy.

    July 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. steven harnack

    I would question whether he actually hired them or whether he was told "These guys are now working for you,do what they tell you to do".

    July 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. CanadaONE

    ASK Romney what he is going to do should he loose the election

    1. go back to Bain and outsourse
    2. become a mormon priest or missionary and try to convert the world
    3. move to another country so he can pay less taxes or atleast hide his money there
    4. go back to Mass and tell them how well their health care plan works and why America should do the same
    5. blame everything on the GOP and start a new right wing party to replace the republicans
    6. go back and get his grade 5

    July 13, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Peace

    This goes to show that if Romney is elected president (god forbid), he will go there without any plan. The man had 6 years in preparation but it seems he didn't prepare himself for anything. No Tax Returns ready, no competent people to make the campaign function. It is all about the mess and nothing to admire!

    July 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. GL

    In the 2008 election cycle, he was deputy communications director for John McCain's presidential campaign.

    And McCain lose big time any 2008.

    July 13, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    The key phrase is that he *added* to his staff. He stil has his friends on the staff.

    July 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Bill

    The brylcreemed buffoon will be toast in November. It does not matter how many advisors he adds.

    July 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. indie52

    Willard "the rat" Romney can add what ever he wants, but he is still a rat.

    July 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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