“Americans for Rick Perry” Getting Organized for the Iowa Straw Poll; Hire Key Iowa Strategist

A group seeking to get Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for President is actively trying to help get organized for him in Iowa. Americans for Rick Perry have now actually hired a veteran Iowa Strategist – Craig Schoenfeld – to lead an effort to help Perry leading up to the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames in August:

POLITICO: The group “Americans for Rick Perry,” which made headlines in the last two days for trying to light a fire for the Texas governor in the form of support at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa next month, is making hires – including a top former Newt Gingrich staffer, sources told POLITICO.

Craig Schoenfeld, a veteran Iowa strategist, has been brought on board and has started nascent discussions with others about six-week contracts – meaning the duration of the lead-up to the Ames poll, the sources said.

Schoenfeld ran Gingrich’s Iowa effort until the massive Newtiny that saw nearly 20 staffers quit last month, in part because the candidate wouldn’t commit to the retail politics and fundraising involved in winning the state.

His presence gives the group instant heft. . . . . Read More

The signs are certainly growing that Rick Perry is going to get into the 2012 race.

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