Opening the Dorr to a Rudy caucus campaign
But before we get to that we'd like to give kudos to Coach Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawks had no business playing that well against a Texas team that is more athletic at basically every position. Everything about the game was enjoyable- except the final tally...
But onto the gossip you all have been itching for.
The word around the Cooler is that Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PAC has secured the services of a couple Iowa legacies. Jill Latham, daughter to Rep. Tom Latham, will oversee the field staff. Jill worked on BC04 in Wisconsin and went on to be the Wisky GOP Political Director. Sources close to Rep. Latham have told the Cooler that he has no intention of endorsing a candidate before the Caucus. (to the best of our knowledge he has not done so in the past- but please correct us on that if we are mistaken). Keep in mind that Rep. Latham's former campaign manager, Jenn Crall is playing a similar role with Team McCain.
Team Romney has also looked into adding Marcus Branstad, son of Gov. Terry Branstad and formerly with Dr. Frists VOLPAC, to work in the field.
But the more interesting (and less confirmed) news is as follows. Andrew Dorr, political director for Jim Nussle's failed Gubernatorial campaign, has apparently been tapped to lead Rudy Giuliani's Iowa efforts. Andrew's father, Tom Dorr is currently serving as President Bush's undersecretary for rural development and his sister Allison works for House GOP Leader Christopher Rants (who's with Romney). Andrew has played a variety of different roles in political campaigns- he worked in Coalitions on President Bush's campaign and also worked for Sen. John Thune. The Dorr hiring is as of yet unconfirmed.
The Cooler has been saying for months that Rudy would play in Iowa, those that think he's going to skip it- we believe are mistaken. Giuliani has said he would announce an Iowa staff after the New Year, if Dorr is going to be running the ship, that would make for a good start.
We are seriously considering closing down comments for this post. Please be on your best behaviour. There has been an over-abundance of trash talk about some of these folks in the blogosphere. None of them are public figures, and none of them deserved to be ridiculed anonymously. We will have a very tight leash on these comments.. You have been warned :)
EDIT: Rep. Latham did endorse Bush 43 in the 99 caucus campaign...