Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
has hired a top communications director for his political action committee in a sign he is inching closer to a 2012 presidential run. Jim Dyke, the former Republican National Committee’s communications director, has signed on as communications adviser to Haley’s PAC, The Washington Post reports
Henry Barbour, treasurer of the PAC, said, "Haley is delighted to have someone as talented as Jim Dyke joining his team to help us manage the increased national media interest and demand in the governor, Jim's knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to Haley in the coming few months."
Dyke was with the RNC during President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election bid and went on to form his own business, Jim Dyke & Associates. The South Carolina resident has been active in a number of Republican groups such as American Crossroads and Resurgent Republic. He was considered one of the top free agents in the 2012 talent pool, the Post said.
His addition to Barbour’s team is the “clearest signal yet that Barbour will run for president in 2012,” the Post said, noting that Barbour plans no decision until the state legislature adjourns in April.
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