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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Former Bush Official, Doug Wead, Jumps Ship, Joins Ron Paul 2012 Campaign

Indicating that the Ron Paul campaign is bringing in the heavy political artillery to win the 2012 Republican nomination for U.S. President, former Special Assistant to George H. W. Bush, Doug Wead-- who played no small part in George W. Bush's successful 2000 presidential bid, helping to orchestrate Bush's victory in the Iowa straw polls of 1999-- has joined the Ron Paul 2012 campaign.

Over the weekend, Doug Wead indicated on C-SPAN that he is working for the Ron Paul campaign, and it has been confirmed by that the former Bush official is taking a position on Ron Paul's 2012 campaign staff. Other than, a popular website for Ron Paul supporters where the revelation has sparked a flurry of debate and discussion, Wead's comments have gone unnoticed by mainstream outlets. His exact words on June 18, 2011 were:

"I've been a part of seven presidential campaigns over the years and in the interests of full disclosure, I should say our company, Wead Enterprises, is a consultant to the Ron Paul campaign, so if I sound like I'm a real Constitutionalist, that's where that comes from."

(at 11:58; hat tip to RonPaulForums)

In 2000, Time Magazine called Doug Wead a Bush Family insider and "the man who coined the phrase 'Compassionate Conservative.'" He played an important role preparing George W. Bush for presidential debates and helping to shape the campaign's overall message. While big on ideas, principles, and solutions, Ron Paul's campaign could certainly benefit from the experience of a political marketing veteran, making Doug Wead an invaluable addition to the Ron Paul team.

With Doug Wead's help, the Ron Paul campaign has a decisive edge over other 2012 GOP contenders. His history of work in Iowa for the Bush campaign bodes ill for Paul's opponents, and his deep connections with the Christian and evangelical community will help Paul carry his message of limited government conservatism to a key voting bloc. The effects of Doug Wead's work on the campaign may have already become apparent, when Ron Paul wowed and captivated the audience at the nation's Faith and Freedom Coalition conference earlier this month, which Doug Wead himself reported at afterward.

In nearly every way, Ron Paul's candidacy runs opposite to the eight year Bush legacy, so why the help from Doug Wead? After running on a campaign of limited government and a "more humble foreign policy," (a platform which sounds remarkably like Ron Paul's) George W. Bush reversed course dramatically, so that by 2005, a disenchanted Doug Wead broke ties with the Bush family by releasing a series of controversial and revealing tapes he had recorded of George W. Bush during conversations with him over a series of years.

A presidential historian and author of multiple best-selling books, including All the President's Children, Doug Wead has always been an outspoken advocate for greater individual liberty and more limited government. His work for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign should perhaps come as no surprise. He's been editorializing in favor of a Ron Paul presidency on his website and across a range of news sources since 2008. In 2010, on the July Fourth holiday, Doug Wead told a Fox News interviewer that "Thomas Jefferson lives: He's Ron Paul."

What does Doug Wead think about Ron Paul's chances at winning in 2012? He said in one interview since Paul's failed 2008 bid: "Most people who've run for president have had to run and lose several times before they ever had a chance of winning, and I'd like to see him [Ron Paul] run again."

Doug Wead: "Thomas Jefferson lives, he's Ron Paul."

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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