Monday, November 27, 2006

Hiring Announcements Nearing

Tom Beaumont delivered a must-read article on 08 happenings in the Sunday Register.

Aides to Arizona Sen. John McCain and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have begun interviewing potential Iowa staff, advisers said.

McCain has formed a federal exploratory committee that allows him to raise and spend money toward investigating a presidential bid.

David Roederer, chairman of McCain's political action committee in Iowa, said the senator could have the framework of a staff put together before the end of the year.

"We are close to agreeing on a location for an office, and we have also been interviewing in-state and out-of-state people that have an interest in working for Senator McCain," said Roederer, a Johnston resident who is a longtime Iowa GOP consultant.


We at the Cooler have been suprised at the lack of speed with which Romney, McCain, Pataki and Frist moved on making hires in Iowa, but we'll be sure to let you know when the big fish start landing. Rumors abound that more Pataki staff is flaking off and some may head to McCain's camp. Romney has been heavily recruiting within the LMF.

Since Romney has had field staff in place for quite sometime they have less incentive to move on the lower tier staff.

Should be an interesting couple of weeks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt is getting dragged through the coals in his home state by this article. Apparently his PAC didn't support ANY Bay State Republicans and then he lied about giving them personal donations. This is the guy who will be the standard bearer in '08? God help us. Just the day before there was an article showing how he was pro-choice and pro-gay rights while Governor and now he sings a different show tune. Hmmmmm.

2:08 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

In a post that only tangentially mentions Romney w/r/t Iowa, why am I not surprised that the first post is the standard anon anti-Romney tripe? Sounds like the same old fire drill for anons who are more interested in grinding their axes on fellow Republicans than the Democrats.

Anon, you got a few things wrong.

1. Romney didn't lie about anything, and if you read the article you quoted you'd know that.

2. Romney wasn't pro-choice as governor. His record is pure pro-life. Check your facts. He also hasn't changed his stance w/r/t gay rights.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just what I read Murphy. Sorry if you don't like it. Take up your problem with Mitt, maybe today his position is different than it was when he was governor. Hell, it might even be different than it was yesterday.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The following was written by Emma Ratliff of the Globe, sure looks like Mitt indeed told an untruth which in my world equals a lie:

Commonwealth PAC spokesman Jared Young acknowledged that no money was donated to Massachusetts’ federal Republican candidates, and said in a statement to the Herald, “Governor and Mrs. Romney made personal contributions to (Massachusetts) Republican candidates.”

However, first time U.S. Congress candidate Rick Barton said he did not receive campaign contributions from the governor but that he contributed to Romney’s gubernatorial campaigns.

Candidate Chase also doesn’t recall receiving a contribution from Romney.

A Herald review of contributors to the four Bay State candidates revealed no personal donations from Mitt Romney or his family.

Maybe Mitt is saving his money for the Straw Poll. I hope so, because he needs to win that big to meet the expectations that everybody here has for him.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney's never going to get anywhere with the evangelicals and the pro-lifers and neither is McCain. Huckabee is the only answer.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

"Maybe Mitt is saving his money for the Straw Poll. I hope so, because he needs to win that big to meet the expectations that everybody here has for him."

Nice try McCainiac, but it is McCain and Guiliani who are tied at 30% in the polls and Mitt is around 9% I think.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

The only reason the big three are doing so well is that Huckabee hasn't announced yet. Good job 10:19.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt needs to win this big. Looking through old threads and posts, it would appear that will not be a problem because he has the "best talent on the ground." I would therefore expect that Mitt & Co. MUST win the straw poll comfortably to prove that consensus thought here at the cooler.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

Vilsack, Romney Staff Up
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) added New Hampshire activist Gary Hirshberg and Kerry '04 fundraiser Lou Susman to his roster of supporters for a presidential campaign, the Des Moines Register reports.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) tapped South Carolina strategist Warren Tompkins, according to the AP. The Myrtle Beach Sun News says Romney will be in the Palmetto State today.

Meanwhile, New York Gov. George Pataki (R) lost Iowa staffer Craig Schoenfeld, the AP reports. Earlier this month, Pataki's PAC lost GOP veterans Ed Failor and Loras Schulte. The departures make it less likely Pataki will wage a presidential bid

10:57 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

Anon 10:11 & 10:17,

You guy(s) need to learn how to read. Seriously. Hook up your brains.

1. You're saying Mitt was lying, and then quoting something Jared Young said as proof?

2. Jared Young said the Romneys made personal donations to Republican candidates. The Globe then brilliant shows examples of four candidates who did not receive donations. That the Globe sees a contradiction is not surprising, but I would have expected more from you (anon status notwithstanding).

All the anons around here need to stop treating every bit of tripe that comes out of the Boston Globe as Gospel truth. Who's side are you guys on, anyway?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Romney is the real deal.

Why do you think O'Reilly, Coulter, Ingrahm, Hannity, Limbaugh, Barnes, Kondracke, etc . . . are saying good things about him? These guys don't throw around faint praise.

No GOP candidate will satisfy ever conservatives desires (especially when looking at the decade-old version of a couple of hot-button issues). Romney is much better positioned that McCain as he is a more true conservative.

Like Mayor Ed Koch of NYC said: "If you agree with me on 9 of 12 points--then vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 of 12 points--then go see a psychiatrist."

4:24 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...


Don't forget this doosy:

"There's a yearning for a clearer voice of conservatism and I think that Mitt Romney has an opportunity to fill that," Newt Gingrich said on "FOX News Sunday."

4:33 PM  

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