Mitt Romney adds to vice-presidential staff-in-waiting

WASHINGTON—Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, is taking a temporary leave from Capitol Hill to help with the roll-out of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee, yet another sign that Romney’s pick may be imminent.

Buck, who started with the campaign this week, is working on several initatives, perhaps most prominently in helping with the closely-guarded announcement of the vice presidential pick.

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He will be a Boston-based spokesman, according to the Romney campaign, and will report to Kevin Sheridan, who is heading the communications office for the eventual vice presidential pick, and national press secretary Andrea Saul.

Buck, who is originally from Alpharetta, Ga.—about 90 minutes from Saul’s former stomping grounds in Dalton, Ga.—got his congressional start in 2006, working for Representative Tom Price, a Georgia Republican.

In 2010, he worked with Boehner’s staff on the Republican agenda that became a chief part of the platform for the midterm elections. After the election, when Republicans won control of the House, Buck joined Boehner’s staff.

He is now on leave from his role as Boehner’s press secretary.

Romney has yet to announce his vice presidential pick, but his campaign has been assembling a team so that they will be ready as soon as the announcement is made.

Beth Myers, the longtime Romney aide who is leading the vice presidential search process, has been traveling with Romney in recent days, adding to speculation that an announcement could come soon.

For now, at least, the candidate is remaining coy.

“Sorry guys,” Romney told reporters on Thursday. “I got nothing for you.”