As Mark Halperin reported, the Perry team hired campaign veteran Curt Anderson to help the campaign with message and strategy on a national level.
First, don’t confuse him with Dem politician Curtis Stovall Anderson or with writer Kurt Anderson. Instead, according to an August 26 Op-Ed at politico, Anderson is “a Republican strategist and a partner at OnMessage Inc., a GOP media and polling firm. He co-wrote Gov. Bobby Jindal’s book “Leadership in Crisis.”
His Bio at his firms writes that Curt “served President Reagan at the White House as Associate Director of Public Liaison, and Chairman Haley Barbour as political director at the Republican National Committee. Curt led the effort that developed the Republican Party’s much vaunted “72 Hour Task Force” which rewrote the playbook on voter turnout technologies and tactics, and he redesigned and authored the curriculum for the Republican Party’s campaign management colleges. In Presidential politics Curt served as a senior strategist for Steve Forbes in 1999, directed the coalition outreach efforts for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000, led the RNC’s independent expenditure ad campaign to re-elect President Bush in 2004, was a member of the ad team for Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2007/2008, and led the RNC’s independent expenditure campaign against President Obama in the fall of 2008.”
The PR firm shows to have clients in more than thirty states, and the clients includes anyone from the NRA, NRSC, RNC, and NRCC to Florida Governor Rick Scott, LA Governor Jindal and US senators Scott Brown and Ron Jonson. Basically, look at a map of the US starting with a wall at LA, AR and MO and the firm has clients in almost all states East word, including clients in all Southern states, plus of course in Texas and some other states in “the back”!
In his August 26 op-ed, posted just two weeks after Perry announced he will run, Anderson ripped everyone from the Left and the Republican elite to Congressional Republicans and Karl Rove. He closed his article by saying: “Quick, let’s get Paul Ryan to run. Oops, he said no. Let’s take another trip to New Jersey to see if Gov. Chris Christie is still a no. Maybe we can lure Steve Forbes in for a third try. I know, let’s get Palin — maybe she can divide the conservative vote and stop Perry. Enough already. The field is set. Deal with it.”