Romney Looks For Smooth Integration With RNC

This was a serious stumbling bloc in 2008 for Team McCain. Team Romney hopefully won't make the same mistake. The New York Times' Michael D. Shear and Trip Gabriel have more:

Mitt Romney’s top aides plan to move quickly after the primaries on Tuesday to integrate the campaign’s growing staff with the Republican National Committee, in an effort to avoid logistical stumbles that have hampered past nominees, campaign aides and committee officials said Friday.

Mr. Romney has been careful not to push the committee into a formal support role while two of his rivals — Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — continue campaigning for the nomination. But aides to Mr. Romney expect that dynamic to change after Tuesday, when he is expected to win all five of the primaries, including those in New York and Pennsylvania.

That will not give Mr. Romney a mathematical lock on the nomination, but his advisers believe that the victories will put an “exclamation point” on Mr. Romney’s presumed status as the nominee and provide the opening to move forward with a closer integration with the national party.

In past years, presidential campaigns have clashed with party chairmen as some tried to seize control of the party’s political apparatus. In 2008, Senator John McCain of Arizona installed a longtime friend as the deputy chairman soon after clinching the presidential nomination. 

But the McCain merger was rocky, with the campaign’s staff members expressing distrust of the committee employees who were loyalists to President George W. Bush. Operatives at the committee recalled how few of Mr. McCain’s top aides had longstanding relationships with Mr. Bush’s staff at the organization.

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-22 12:00:00 -0400
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