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Herman Cain adds big names to Fla campaign team




Look for an announcement soon about some top-tier political talent joining Herman Cain's Florida campaign team.
Statewide chairs: Former St. Petersburg Mayor (and Mitt Romney supporter) Rick Baker; former State Sen. (and expected Rick Perry supporter) Carey Baker; former Jeb Bush chief Kathleen Shanahan; state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood.

Tampa-based media consultant Adam Goodman is a senior strategist and media adviser and Arlene DiBenigno, a veteran of Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, and Rick Scott campaigns, is another senior strategist.

Deborah Cox-Roush, former state GOP vice chairwoman and Hillsborough County Republican chairwoman - she resigned as county chair today - is director of county chairs, and Kamilah Prince is director of coalitions. Lou Marin is a director of flat tax and tea party supporters and Barbara Haselden direcor of 9/12 patriots. Nancy Hayes is volunteer coordinator.

"We believe that Herman Cain's momentum from his win at the state convention last month is just a harbinger of things to come," said Goodman, one of Florida's most sought-after political pros, who cited recent Florida and national polls showing Cain in a neck and neck race with Romney. "This is not like people are bummed out about Romney, they're just incredibly enthusiastic about Herman...He has the message and the sustainability to win."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:31pm]


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