AJC Political Insider has some interesting news about a Georgia leadership team for MA Governor Mitt Romney. Romney is radically ultra-conservative and will be unable to mount a serious general election campaign in my opinion, but oh well, that didn’t stop some of these folks from supporting Ralph Reed either… At least Alec Poitevint appears to be siding with America’s genuine hero, Senator John McCain. Join the McCain effort at www.exploremccain.com.
Here is the bit from the AJC Politica Insider:
A day after a key South Carolina operative, Warren Tompkins, joined his team, Romney’s Commonwealth PAC announced that Eric Tanenblatt, senior managing director at McKenna, Long & Aldridge and Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief of staff, will head up Romney’s finance team in Georgia.
And quite a team: Nancy Coverdell, wife of the late Sen. Paul Coverdell; Fred Cooper, the general chairman for Bush ’08; James Edenfield, CEO of American Software and Joe Rogers Jr., CEO of Waffle House.
That list leaves out a ton of party positions this group has held. The bottom line is that this is a big chunk of the core Bush crowd in Georgia, going back to before the elder Bush became Bush 41.
It’s not a total sweep. We have it on good authority that state GOP chairman Alex Pointevint will eventually pledge his personal allegiance to Sen. John McCain. But Romney has put down a big footprint.
We’re told it’s only coincidence these announcements are coming just as Sen. Bill Frist takes his cards off the table. But it’s not irrelevant. Frist is a Southerner closely allied to Bush, and at one time he was thought to have an inside track on the Southern Bushies. Romney’s moving fast to put himself in the same position.