Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is exploring a run for president, has announced a top-flight staff hire -- former Republican Governors Association executive director Nick Ayers is coming on board as campaign manager for Pawlenty's exploratory committee. Though as Ayers himself says, his signing up isn't so much answering a call from Pawlenty -- but from God.
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Ayers, age 28, led the RGA from 2007-2010, overseeing a big budget organization, in a period when the GOP made very strong gains in governorships. Ayers will relocate to Minnesota from his native Georgia, and assume his new position effective April 25.
Pawlenty announced in his press release: "He is without question one of the best political talents in America. We are very excited Nick will lead our team. His leadership and record of winning tough races in every part of our country will provide even more momentum to our campaign to get America back on track."