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With 2012 Field Solidifying, Talent Market Heats Up

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Doug Gross, shown here campaigning for Iowa governor in 2002 with President George W. Bush, had hoped that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would run for president. Gross would give a candidate access to the state’s GOP governor.

Bradshaw remains one of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R) closest advisers, which means she’ll continue to be in demand for any GOP candidate looking to compete there. Known by her peers as “Jeb Bush’s Karl Rove,” Bradshaw keeps a low profile in the media but is regarded as one of the most politically savvy minds in the Sunshine State.

She originally signed on with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, with whom she had a history from when she was his intern in President Ronald Reagan’s political office. But since Barbour’s exit, Bradshaw has kept quiet, and sources say she plans to take the summer off before she commits to another campaign.

Bradshaw also has a history with another potential GOP candidate, Mitt Romney. She served as his senior adviser for Florida in 2008, and her talents remain well-respected among her colleagues still working with the former Massachusetts governor.


Randy Enwright

Enwright is known as one of the most politically savvy minds in Florida GOP politics, but he would also be able to deliver national expertise to any campaign. Like fellow operative Sally Bradshaw, Enwright also originally signed with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R). He was unavailable for comment on whether he would be interested in another White House campaign.

Enwright led President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election efforts in Florida and worked on successful gubernatorial bids for Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. “In a state where you can’t walk across the street without tripping over self-described ‘political operatives,’ Randy actually has a proven record of delivering results,” said Erin Vansickle, a Florida Republican communications consultant.

Enwright also boasts national credentials, including serving as former Sen. Fred Thompson’s (R-Tenn.) national political director in 2008 and as a regional political director for the Republican National Committee. He’s been the executive director of the Republican Party of Florida and filled the same role in Iowa in the mid-1990s.

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