WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican political strategist Ed Rollins, who ran Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign and who helmed Mike Huckabee’s 2008 primary bid, has signed on to Team Bachmann, according to multiple reports.
CBS News reports that he’ll run Bachmann’s presidential campaign, expected to be announced later this month in Waterloo, Iowa. However, Rollins, reached by The Hill’s Mike O’Brien, said it was “premature” to assign him that title.
Update: Bachmann senior adviser Andy Parrish, who until recently was her chief of staff, said Rollins is someone the congresswoman turns to frequently for advice and counsel. He characterized Rollins as a supporter of Bachmann’s, adding that he would support her officially should she declare a presidential bid (which she hasn’t yet). However, he said a discussion of titles would be premature, given that she hasn’t made a formal announcement.
This is a very, very big get for Bachmann. Rollins is known for playing hardball, and a guy of this stature joining her campaign is a signal of how seriously Bachmann appears to be taking this bid.
We’ll have more on this later, but worth the re-read in the interim is this famous open letter Rollins wrote to Sarah Palin, in which he advises her how to move from political “gadfly” to being an actual, serious, presidential contender.