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Adviser to take on strategist role

Trent Wisecup, who has run Governor Mitt Romney's political action committee and has been a close adviser to the governor, will become a full-time strategist for Romney this spring, as the governor seeks to widen his exposure in advance of a possible presidential run.

Wisecup confirmed yesterday that he will take a leave from DC Navigators, the political consulting firm he helps run, and move to Boston this spring to concentrate on Romney and the committee, the Commonwealth PAC, which the governor has used to drum up support in key primary states.

The change occurs as Romney severs formal ties with his chief political strategist, DC Navigators founder Michael Murphy, in part because Murphy has also been a top adviser to Senator John McCain of Arizona and has said he would remain neutral if both seek the presidency in 2008.

SCOTT HELMAN

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