2016 Caucus

February 15th, 2015

Perry’s Rick PAC Hires Four Iowans in Advance of Presidential Run

Rick Perry Freedom SummitFour years ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry entered into the 2012 presidential race with a ton of momentum. At the time, the Texas Governor filled a void in the GOP field of candidates. He quickly led in the national polls, raised big money, and for a moment, seemed like the legitimate alternative to Mitt Romney. For as bright as Perry’s star shined in the late summer and early fall of 2011, by the time the weather turned cold in Iowa, so too did his prospects of winning the Republican nomination for president.

Perry finished a distant fifth place in the Iowa caucuses, and worse, seemed bitter about his Iowa experience. Most politicians would have probably been done with Iowa’s caucus politics, but not Perry. Instead of avoiding the First-in-the-Nation caucus state, he’s embraced it. Perry’s been a frequent visitor to Iowa in since the conclusion of the 2012 presidential race, and all the hard work seems to be paying off.

Unlike his 2012 race, Perry’s going to have to claw his way back to the top if he’s going to have a chance at winning the 2016 Republican nomination. Among Republican activists in Iowa, he’s done a good job of rebuilding his brand. By and large, people like him and are willing to give him a second chance. He’s also taking a different approach to a potential 2016 candidacy. Perry’s first foray into Iowa in 2011 came just four months before the caucuses. Getting in late has its advantages, but it also puts you behind in terms of organization and introducing yourself to Iowans.

Perry’s approach this time around is much different. He’s already held small meet and greet campaign events, and his leadership PAC is announcing that they have hired four Iowans to lead his efforts in the state. The hires include Bob Haus, a seasoned GOP operative who was with Perry in 2012, as well as Andy Swanson, Dane Nealson, and Kip Murphy.

A slower, more methodical approach to Iowa will likely serve Perry well. He exceeds at retail politics, but that takes time and campaign infrastructure. Below is the RickPAC press release announcing his recent Iowa hires.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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