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Romney's Staff Shuffle Continues

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to tweak his staff as he prepares to leave office in November and embark on an all-but-certain bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

Julie Teer, who had been serving as Romney's press secretary, will leave the governor's office later this month to take over as political director and spokeswoman for his Commonwealth political action committee. Teer joined Romney after serving as the New Hampshire state director for President Bush's 2004 reelection race and as communications director for Sen. John Sununu (R) in 2002. Teer had also previously worked for Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and former Sen. Spencer Abraham (Mich.).

Teer's move comes just days after Trent Wisecup announced he was quitting his job as director of Commonwealth and moving back to Michigan.

Joining Teer on the Commonwealth payroll are finance director Spencer Zwick and policy director Sally Canfield. Expect Romney to continue stocking Commonwealth with campaign talent as he begins winding down his official gubernatorial operations.

Romney's second-place showing at last weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll is sure to stoke buzz about his candidacy among party insiders. Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) remains the current frontrunner for the nomination, with Romney and Sen. George Allen (Va.) solidly entrenched in the second-tier.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2006; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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