The web site politicalwire.com reports today that the Perry campaign has added three veteran Republican operatives to its campaign team: Curt Anderson, Nelson Warfield, and Tony Fabrizio. An advisor to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) tells [Politico’s] Ben Smith that the Texas governor has reassembled the team that helped run Scott’s “unlikely, big-spending, and successful 2010 campaign.” It’s about time. It is my understanding that Anita Perry was the driving force who insisted upon a reorganization. I have also learned from a source in the Perry camp that Joe Allbaugh, who ran Bush’s campaign in 2000, will join the campaign. Allbaugh had previously offered his services but –again, from sources close to the Perry campaign–he was turned down. I have written on several occasions that there is something wrong inside the Perry campaign. The campaign has been terribly run to this point. I can’t imagine that Allbaugh would come on board if he were not going to be in charge, which means that David Carney may be taking a back seat. It’s about time (from the viewpoint of Perry supporters). The Perry inner circle just doesn’t have enough talent or experience to run a national campaign. Allbaugh has run one. They don’t know much about the country and they don’t know much about federal issues. The first thing Allbaugh ought to do is send Perry to Dallas to apologize for badmouthing W. all over the country. I believe that we will see a slow but steady rise in Perry’s fortunes from this point forward.
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