Pawlenty's Iowa chairman joins Rick Perry campaign

Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker joined Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign yesterday as Iowa co-chair. He had previously led former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's Iowa campaign effort. On Monday Pawlenty endorsed Perry's leading rival for the Republican nomination, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Whitaker's partner in the Des Moines law firm Whitaker Hagenow is State Representative Chris Hagenow. He endorsed Pawlenty this summer and hasn't publicly committed to another candidate yet.

After the jump I've posted part of a Perry for president press release with background on nine new staffers just hired to work field. Romney is not investing as much in his campaign's Iowa ground game as he did before the 2008 caucuses.

Excerpt from the Perry for president news release of September 13:

Gov. Perry also named several individuals to the Iowa field team, including:

   * Rob Anderson, Central Iowa, formerly served as regional field director on Pawlenty campaign; received bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara

   * Robert Crawford, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, formerly served on the Robertson for President campaign and has worked as a Realtor in Virginia, California and Iowa; attended University of Iowa

   * Rachelle Crawford, Des Moines Headquarters, formerly worked as an educator in Virginia; earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa

   * Gabe Haugland, North Central Iowa, served in the U.S military and led more than 50 combat missions in Operation Enduring Freedom; received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University

   * Travis Holler, Northwest Iowa, formerly served as a regional field director for the Pawlenty campaign and aide to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University

   * Annie McEniry, Northeast Iowa, formerly worked as a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, legislative correspondent for Sen. Chuck Grassley's Senate Finance Committee, and served on the Iowa Branstad-Reynolds 2010 campaign and the McCain-Palin presidential campaign; received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa

   * Dane Nealson, Central Iowa, former served as a field representative on Pawlenty campaign, served as chairman of Iowa Federation of College Republicans and worked on Huckabee for President campaign; received bachelor's degree from Iowa State University

   * Drew Selden, Southwest Iowa, served as scheduler and researcher on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley 2010 campaign and worked as PGA Tournament Director in West Palm Beach, Fla.; received bachelor's degree from Iowa State University

   * Mike Thom, Southeast Iowa, formerly served as field representative for Pawlenty campaign and legislative clerk in Iowa House of Representatives; received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and master of public administration from Drake University

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