Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) added IA advisers today to augment his exploratory cmte. Among them: House Speaker Brent Siegrist and former Rep. candidate (IA-01) Brian Kennedy. Calling IA "a critical state", Romney intends "to have a strong presence in Iowa." His new IA hires also include:
IA Director Gentry Collins: Former Political Dir. for the Republican Governors Assa., IA GOP Executive Dir. ('03-'04)
Political Dir. Jill Latham: WI GOP Political Director ('04)
Straw Poll Dir. Nicole Schlinger: President, founder of Captiol Resources, Inc.
Communications Dir. Tim Albrecht: Field staff on the Forbes 2000 presidential caucus, House Communications Dir. for IA House Speaker Christopher Rants.
Romney IA chair Doug Gross said Romney's new crew adds" experience and knowledge needed for a successful caucus campaign." Yet of Romney's presidential ambitions, Gross spoke vaguely: "As we begin looking toward a possible presidential campaign, this team will offer serious guidance..."