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Romney Campaign Update: Comstock Staying Put

Contrary to a report on a New Hampshire-based political blog, a top aide to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not jumping ship in favor of Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator thought to be considering his own White House run.

Barbara Comstock, a member of Romney's Inner Circle, shepherded the governor around Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner and is intimately involved in Romney's preparation for next week's Republican debate in California, according to informed sources in Romney's world. Comstock will also be on the ground in California for last-minute debate prep as well as post-debate spin/analysis.

Speculation of a Comstock departure likely grew from the close relationship she enjoys with Thompson's wife, Jeri. Comstock is also partner in a crisis-consulting firm with Mark Corallo, who is advising Thompson as he considers entering the race.

Although Comstock appears to be staying put, it will be interesting to see which political talent Thompson recruits for his campaign if and when he decides to run. Alex Castellanos, who was Thompson's media consultant, is now handling those duties for Romney. Chip Saltsman, a former chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and close adviser to former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), is now managing former Gov. Mike Huckabee's (Ark.) presidential effort.

The reality is that much of the staff talent has been scooped up by the large field of candidates already running for the GOP presidential nomination. So Thompson will either have to mine a new vein for staff or grab a few members of rival candidates' Inner Circles. Hence the Comstock rumor...

The Fix will be watching.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2007; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Inner Circle  
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By Eric Kleefeld | bio
"It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

-- Mitt Romney, in an interview with the Associated Press, saying that the country's safety would not benefit significantly from catching Osama Bin Laden. This quote was buried in the AP article. One wonders what the reaction would be if a Democrat said this.

Posted by: Brian | April 27, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

yes, that Mitt... so clean and articulate! Who would expect it, especially from a Mormon?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Of all the presidential candidates, I think Mitt Romney has what it takes to be the next president of the USA. He admitted his mistakes then changed his stand of some of the issues. He's very educated, articulate, great management experience, and most of all, his moral standings, something that most of the politicans lack.

Posted by: Samuel Partsch | April 24, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

There is lots of potential staff still available for Thompson. Lots of top tier people who are in the private sector or doing other things that could be available for the right person. Just off the top of my head.... Ken Mehlman, Jack Oliver, Ed Gillespie, Sara Taylor, John Feehery, Mike McElwain, Chris LaCivita, Bo Harmon, Dick Wadhams, Jay Timmons, Blaise Hazelwood, Stuart Roy, Ron Bonjean....

Not sure if any of these folks would go back into day to day campaigns, but I would say that makes for a pretty solid senior staff....

Posted by: lots still available | April 24, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Why is there no mention of Huckabee's taking first at the Spartanburg (SC) County Republican Party Convention on Saturday April 21 and his second place showing in Greenville's (SC) straw poll?

As Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram so often points out, "You can't win South Carolina without winning in Greenville and Spartanburg." He also noted the SC winner has gone on to win the GOP nomination the past 30 years.

Well Huckabee won in Spartanburg - the only candidate to receive a standing ovation from convention-goers. He finished a close second to Romney in Greenville.

For those grassroots GOPers this could be the start of his campaign's rise to the top.

Yet another man from Hope, Arkansas looking to move to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: LGRsc | April 24, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BLEEEEEAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGHHHH

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Comstock is one of the fouler denizens of rightwing hell. for the republicans, it's a race to the bottom of the character pile -- who can hire the worst person on earth for their campaign first? it's pretty close between the three.

there are cleaner candidates in uzbekhistan.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Say what you will about Romney and his hair, but he's winning 2/3 of the really important battles for President. He has a better national organization and he has shown he can raise more money than anyone else in the Republican primary. Granted, half his organizational structure is free b/c they are the Mormon church. But it makes these consultant's job's that much easier, to be able to have that type of organization and fund-raising credentials is awsome. I wouldn't imagine Romney would be losing his staff unless he doesn't want them anymore, or unless his campaign just implodes. Which I don't see happening, he's too seasoned. The other 1/3 is media attention, which McCain is getting. Trouble is, he's getting negative attention and his campaign is imploding. Romney has to be loving this, McCain's campaign is imploding and he'd love to turn into a 2 way race: himself vs. Guiliani. Now, I don't think happens. I think McCain will bounce back and be a major player, and possibly the nominee. But, time will tell.

Posted by: reason | April 24, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | April 24, 2007 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Fellow Americans,
When voting for a president you should vote for someone that will challence the FALCON PLAN, ULTIME GOAL TURN U.S. IN POLICESTATE ** Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally ** is not a member of or has ties with: Scull and Bones. -- Tri-lateral commission. -- Bilderberg group. -- Any Secret Service. -- A military rank of officer.
Not be pushed by this presidency !!! -- Have bloody hands from the 9-11 2001 cover up !! Interests in oil,weapons or real-estate/houses. The candidate should not have ties or dependencies with the financial world. This candidate should not accept large sums of
money from belligerent corporations and should not embrace the thoughts behind the program NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.
(This program brainwashes children not to learn facts but to become a good global citizen, i.e. government will tell you what is good for you (it actually replaces god or the natural laws), a very dangerous development). This so called SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT has been set up
to make zombies of the larger parts of the American population. Things like arithmetic of math are no longer necessary as long as you are a good global citizen and know to push which
button, that means phony education for you and your children. Examples of what is gonna happen with you and your families are right under your nose. Your
current president tramples your very American Constitution and the Amendments. He appoints a CIA director named Gates whom made up false intelligence to start a war and put your children
in harms way. This president is using you and your children as toys... and when he has done playing,your children might and up death. This behavior is also part of SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT. But be careful because today your government calls it SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT but tomorrow it might just have another name.. You should download this movie via Emule 9-11 Guilt {The Proof Is In Your Hands By Jim Hoffman Don Paul}[2005]Eng-Divx5.avi. AND FINALLY DONT LOOK AT THE APPEARANCE OF THE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE BUT FIGURE OUT WHO GAVE HIM THE MONEY TO GET THAT FAR !!!


Posted by: jwh | April 24, 2007 12:52 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jwh | April 24, 2007 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Hi, I'm Mitt Romney's hairpiece. Careful, now, watch where you sit down... Yes, and as it happens Mr. Romney is too busy to speak with you today, so he asked me to fill in. Yes? That's an excellent question, and I'm glad you asked. In addition to providing seasonal color TO Mr. Romney's head, I have been gifted with interective sensors and circuitry, with a two point five gig storage drive. What? It's in the scalp. Anyway, this gizmo has enabled me to become somewhat intelligent and independent of my host, so while the terms of the contract still do apply, sometimes Mitt will ask me to fill in for him on something that isn't as crucial.

Any questions? Yes, you in the front row...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Romney is like the guy who comes to your door because he has put up a lemonade stand on the street. Go away, little Mitty! No one can stop for lemonade when we are at war!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Some men buy a sportscar, or start dating college women.

Some men run a marathon.

Some men start a company.

Some men get a rug.

Mitt Romney's running for president.

He got a rug.

Need I say any more?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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