With just a year before the first presidential primary, likely presidential candidates are busy this week signing up experienced political professionals to help them pursue the White House.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, named David Tille to be his New Hampshire political director. Tille is a highly regarded behind-the-scenes politico in the state. Previously he worked with former Congressman Jeb Bradley and former Senator Bob Smith.
In addition to Tille, Giuliani also named Chris Wood to be his coalitions director. Wood is deeply rooted in the activist community.
In Iowa, the Associated Press reports that former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, also a Republican, has hired an Iowa campaign manager and two other staffers. Thompson continues to visit Iowa once a week, but has yet to visit South Carolina or New Hampshire.