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Rubio hires strategist who helped boost Jim DeMint's career



Sen. Marco Rubio has hired a well-known political strategist in South Carolina as his deputy chief of staff. Terry Sullivan helped engineer then Rep. Jim DeMint's successful campaign for Senate and he ran Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in South Carolina in 2008.

“Terry brings critical experience and valuable strategic insight to our Senate office as we expand and further our goal of serving all Floridians," Rubio said in a statement.

Sullivan's role underscores Rubio's star power. Part of his job will be to "strategically" help handle the volume of media, speaking and endorsement requests as well as work on Rubio's message, a source says.

Rubio's chief of staff is Cesar Conda, a Bush/Cheney veteran with ties to Todd Harris.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:26pm]


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