Perry’s PAC names Dennehy, Vitagliano, Selmi to NH team

As likely Republican presidential candidates continue to staff up today, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s RickPAC has told the New Hampshire Journal it has made three key hires.


The disclosure comes as Perry begins a visit to New Hampshire tomorrow, with nine stops into two days.


Veteran political operative Michael Dennehy has moved into the role as RickPAC state senior advisor after having a similar role in Perry’s issues group, Americans for Economic Freedom. He has been a GOP strategist for more than 20 years and managed both of Sen. John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 victories in the New Hampshire Primary.


Dante Vitagliano has been named as field director of RickPAC in New Hampshire. He was deputy political director of Marilinda Garcia’s 2nd District U.S. House campaign last year, while Ryder Selmi will serve as North Country field manager. Selmi was the North Country field manager for the Garcia campaign and was an ambassador for the campus-based organization, Turning Point USA.


“We are honored be part of the team spreading Gov. Perry’s positive vision of prosperity, reform and revival for America,” Dennehy said. “This team knows New Hampshire and we are excited to work closely with Rick Perry as he crisscrosses the Granite State.”


Earlier today, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC announced the hiring of two New Hampshire senior advisors.


Perry tomorrow and Friday will pack nine events into two days, including three traditional town halls.


Perry will begin with an appearance at the traditional Politics and Eggs breakfast on Thursday at 8 a.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. At 11:45 a.m., he is scheduled to lead a business roundtable at he law offices of Cleveland, Waters and Bass in Concord.


He will then head to Weed Automotive in Concord for a retail stop at 1:45 p.m.


Perry will then head north, and at 6:45 p.m. he will told a town hall meeting at the Town and country Motor Inn and Resort in Gorham.


On Friday, he will begin the day at 7:45 a.m. with a town hall meeting at the Lancaster VFW, followed by a visit to Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Lancaster at 9:40 a.m.


At 11:45 a.m., he is scheduled to be in Littleton for a town hall meeting at the Littleton VFW and at 4:45 he will attend a meet and greet hosted by Sen. Jeanie Forrester at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith.


He will then wrap up his visit with a 6:45 p.m. visit to Belmont Firearms and range in Belmont.


Perry will be back in April for an appearance at the NHGOP’s “First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit” on April 17 and 18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.

Author: John DiStaso

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