(AP) – 1 day ago
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin has hired longtime political strategist Michael Glassner as chief of staff of her political action committee.
The hire, confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday morning by Palin aide Rebecca Mansour and SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford, is certain to fuel fresh speculation about Palin’s possible intent to run for president in 2012. Palin has only said she’s considering a run.
Glassner managed Republican vice presidential operations in 2008, when Palin was John McCain’s running mate. Glassner also served as the longtime senior adviser to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.
“The fact this is someone who’s had a career in national politics, that’s the only indication that something might be up,” said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. But he doesn’t think it’s very significant in trying to divine Palin’s plans, and it could just be a routine organizational move, he said.
“We tend to apply the sort of standards of interpretation that we would apply to, let’s see, a Mitt Romney, that we would to her, and it’s usually wrong, because her plans are so cryptic and her method of operation is so unconventional,” he said.
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