Gillespie joins the Romney campaign

By Laurie Bennett

April 5, 2012 at 8:15am

Politico reported Thursday that former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has become an adviser to the Romney campaign.

“Barack Obama is building a $1 billion campaign war machine, and Ed will play an important role in countering it,” Romney said in a statement “He’ll help in bringing Republicans and all Americans together behind my campaign and in communicating our message that America can do better than the chronic high unemployment, slow economic growth, and bitter political divisions that are Barack Obama’s primary accomplishments.”

Ed Gillespie
Ed Gillespie

Politico notes that some have complained the Romney campaign staff is too insular.

Gillespie, who will not displace anyone already working for Romney, has ties to campaign manager Matt Rhoades and political director Rich Beeson from their time at the RNC.

Gillespie is a co-founder, along with Karl Rove of American Crossroads, the Republican super PAC.

In addition to his connections at the national party level, he has an extensive network in the states as chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Gillespie chaired Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s campaign in 2009 and was counselor to the president in the last 18 months of the George W. Bush administration.

He also led the confirmation efforts of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

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