Rudy Nabs Ruffini, Seaborn
In a move that puts to rest once and for all the notion that Rudy won't run, the Mayor has bagged a whale of sorts in former Bush/Cheney '04 webmaster, Patrick Ruffini. As Chris Cillizza put it over at WaPo:
As someone who's followed Patrick's blog through its various iterations over the years, I can attest to his talent and politcal acumen. This was an A-plus move by Team Rudy.
"One of the real "gets" on the GOP side of that world is Patrick Ruffini, who served as the Web master of President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign and then served in a similar role at the Republican National Committee. Ruffini gained recognition in national Republican circles for his blog, which was one of the first serious attempts on the Republican side at building an online community.
Ruffini has signed on with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign as an e-campaign adviser. The hiring is only the latest sign that Giuliani is serious about a run for national office in 2008."
Also impressive is Rudy's hiring of Brent Seaborn as director of strategy for his campaign. The hiring of Ruffini and Seaborn, another Bush '04 operative, suggests that Rudy is serious about transforming his campaign into a more traditional GOP presidential operation, with the requisite establishment ties that will be able to bring in donors and mobilize supporters as the Mayor continues down the road to the White House.