Rick Perry's late entry into the Republican presidential race means the Texas governor will have to come out guns blazing as his GOP opponents start targeting him, as they did during last night's debate. Though he's not set to announce until tomorrow, he's already fashioned an election campaign staff, national talking points, and an aggressive fundraising presence. Here's a look at Perry's 2012 political machine:
His campaign staff Ross Ramsey and Jay Root at The Texas Tribune outline his campaign inner-circle that's beginning to take shape. It looks to be heavy on Texas insiders. "It will surprise no one that longtime strategist Dave Carney will remain in his role as Perry's top consultant, and that his 2010 gubernatorial campaign manager, Rob Johnson, is now going to play the same role as the Texas governor takes his ambitions nationwide," they write. "Deirdre Delisi, Perry's former chief of staff and currently serving as chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, will serve as chief policy wonk. Her exact title isn't clear yet."
The initial fundraising push Nick Confessore and Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times get a hold of a fundraising email sent to supporters with the the explicit declaration that "it is imperative this e-mail is not shared with anyone not a supporter of Governor Perry." According to the report, the Perry campaign is going to be busy holding "at least nine fund-raisers on the last three days in August and the first day of September: Six in Texas, two in Oklahoma, and one in New Orleans. A conference call for donors is scheduled for Tuesday." The email asks for early donations for a maximum impact. “On behalf of our team, we are very, very grateful. We are trying to get in the first million dollars of contributions very rapidly, to give the campaign its initial capital so important to get off the ground well. If you can send your own check in to us now, it will further that goal.”