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.
April 23, 2007; 7:30 PM ET
Categories: Eye on 2008 , Inner Circle
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