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RICK PERRY staffs campaign with trusted TEXAS CONFIDANTS – The Washington Post

September 3, 2011

Rick Perry staffs campaign with trusted Texas confidants

View Photo Gallery —  Texas governor announced his candidacy for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, shaking up the Republican field.

By Philip Rucker,  September 2, 2011

You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps.

That adage couldn’t be more true for presidential candidates, which is why Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement Friday of his senior campaign staff is so revealing.

The newly minted Republican candidate named eight key members to his presidential campaign staff, who will join a handful of top political advisers. All of them have spent years, some of them decades, in the trenches with Perry. There is no new face.

Many top-tier White House aspirants populate their campaigns with Washington Beltway veterans who boast national seasoning but lack long-standing ties to the candidate. But in assembling his team, Perry is proving he’s not that kind of presidential candidate.

“Were not running a traditional campaign,” said David Carney, who has been Perry’s political wizard since his 1998 run for lieutenant governor and will serve as the 2012 campaign’s chief strategist.

What Perry inner circle lacks in experience on presidential campaigns, it makes up for with intense loyalty to the candidate and trust within the team.

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