Perry Retooling Under Allbaugh's Guidance
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Allbaugh has joined several other longtime national Republican strategists on Perry's team.
Allbaugh managed George W. Bush's campaign for governor of Texas and was part of the triumvirate that managed his first presidential race. Upon Bush's election, Allbaugh, a Blackwell native and Oklahoma State University graduate, was named director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration. He left that position to form his own international consulting firm, based in Washington and Austin.
Texas newspapers report that sources say Allbaugh, known as a stern and disciplined manager, will play a central role in trying to get the Texas governor back on top of the GOP field.
And Allbaugh is now trying to do just that. Today, he forwarded to The McCarville Report Online and others an Iowa in-house poll conducted by an Austin firm for Perry.
The poll, conducted December 3-4:
Rick Perry’s strongly positive image increased six points since our Nov 19-20 survey.
Perry also announced the addition of six other nationally known consultants. Tony Frabrizio, a pollster and former strategist for 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole, and Fred Maas, who has worked on the campaigns of Dole, John McCain and others, will also take "senior adviser" titles, the campaign said.
Stanton Anderson, who has managed Republican conventions and served as counsel to the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980, will become the Perry campaign's congressional liaison.