2008 Watch - Frist, Others Getting Grounded in SC
FITS has learned that Senate Majority Leader and likely 2008 Presidential candidate Bill Frist (right) has tapped former RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke to help run his campaign in South Carolina.
Dyke, who recently located his practice in Charleston, is said to be actively recruiting communications professionals and ground gamers to help build the Tennessee Senator's network in South Carolina.
Frist, who was praised in yesterday's "Fix" for his Dean-esque use of the web to build support for his candidacy, could certainly use the help in South Carolina - a state where no one has emerged (yet) to challenge the presumed dominance of Arizona Senator John McCain.
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Virginia Senator George Allen and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have been the most visible of the 2008 aspirants in our state thusfar, particularly Romney and Allen. Both have practically qualified for their state butchers' licenses given the prodigious amount of right-wing red meat they've heaped on the social conservative altar.
Romney and Allen already have operatives on the ground in South Carolina (the latter running his network under the guise of Sanford for Governor campaign director Jason Miller), and rumor has it Huckabee is actively courting ground-gamers as well.
Standing stage right is New York Governor George Pataki, a fiscal conservative who's fighting a budget battle in his home state very similar to the one Gov. Mark Sanford is confronted with here. Pataki, who dispatched a team of top aides to South Carolina last month, could be close to making his Palmetto presence felt.
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