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Rick Perry 2012 Campaign Adds Former Rick Scott Staffers

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AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/24/2011 12:37 pm Updated: 12/24/2011 4:12 am

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is beefing up his presidential campaign staff.

Perry, whose campaign has struggled in recent weeks, is adding senior advisers who've worked on presidential campaigns before. The initial round of hires, including former Bob Dole strategist Tony Fabrizio, are focused on paid TV advertising. Perry hasn't aired TV ads, but he has $15 million available for such an effort.

Fabrizio, along with new media and advertising hires Curt Anderson and Nelson Warfeld, all worked for former health care executive Rick Scott's unlikely but ultimately successful 2010 campaign for Florida governor.

Campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan says the new hires are boosting the campaign's media team but will also help with other aspects of the campaign. He says the team is still being finalized.

Perry's top strategist, David Carney, will continue in his role. With about three months until voting begins, Perry's campaign has limited time to catch up to Romney, who's been running for president for months.


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