Mitt Romney's highly successful political action committee has a highly successful political operative now in charge. Romney this week said he's handing the reins of his Free and Strong America PAC to Matt Rhoades, who was communications director during the former Massachusetts' governor's race for the White House in 2008.
"Matt Rhoades has one of the sharpest political minds in the business. He's been a friend and an adviser for several years now and I'm pleased that he has agreed to run the day-to-day operations of my Free and Strong America PAC. He shares with me the view that 2010 is going to be a critical election year, with many races and lots of opportunities to elect Republican candidates," Romney said in making the announcement.
Rhoades most recently was vice president with DCI Group, which advises clients on public relations. He replaces Peter Flaherty, who will become a senior adviser to the PAC.
Rhoades had also worked for the Republican National Committee in 2006, the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign in 2004, and the White House, as associate director at the Presidential Personnel Office.
Romney is about to embark on a cross-country tour in support of Republican candidates and his book, No Apology. His pocket won't be empty: Last month, the Federal Election Commission reported that Romney's PAC raised more money last year -- $2.9 million -- than any other potential GOP candidate for the White House in 2012.
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