Report: Romney Hires Pollster, Political Director

January 13, 2011 10:19 a.m.

Mitt Romney’s non-campaign is looking more and more like a real campaign.

Though Romney has yet to officially declare a presidential bid, Real Clear Politics reports that he’s taken on a pollster and a political director. That news comes on the heels of Romney’s decision to step down from the board of directors of Marriott International, a decision that seems to signal his intention to once again seek the Republican presidential nomination.According to Real Clear Politics, Rich Beeson, a former political director with the Republican National Committee, will serve in the same post for Romney. The website also reports that Beeson has already moved his family to Massachusetts to take the position.

Neil Newhouse, a partner with the pollster Public Opinion Strategies, will reportedly handling polling for Romney. Newhouse previously served as an adviser to Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s (R) campaign, which scored a stunning upset last year to flip a seat long held by Ted Kennedy.

No big name Republicans have officially thrown their hats in the 2012 ring so far. Herman Cain, a talk radio host who has never held public office, announced a presidential exploratory committee yesterday, though even he hasn’t officially declared his candidacy.

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