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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Rudy Announces Big Addition

Via The Fix:

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has hired Republican National Committee political director Mike DuHaime to lead his exploratory effort for president.

The news of DuHaime's hiring comes just six days before a Giuliani fundraiser in New York City designed to serve as the kickoff for the "testing the waters" phase of his presidential bid. It also signals a willingness by Giuliani to reach outside of his close-knit (and long serving) circle of advisers for staff talent -- a necessity if he hopes to run a credible race for national office.

Prior to his post at the RNC, DuHaime served as northeastern regional political director for President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign. In the 2002 cycle, DuHaime was the executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.

DuHaime "is a great talent," said Tony Carbonetti, a senior Giuliani adviser. As for future staff hires, "we intend on being competitive throughout the country" and the DuHaime move is a "first step towards that," Carbonetti said.

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