9/6/2011 3:29 PM
Gov. Rick Perry announced his key campaign hires. They are all familiar faces to folks who have followed Texas politics for any length of time. Rob Johnson, who successfully managed Perry's 2010 re-election race, returns as campaign manager. Deirdre Delisi will serve as policy and strategy director (Delisi is currently Texas Commissioner of Transportation.) Former state GOP executive director Wayne Hamilton will serve as political director. Ray Sullivan -- who most recently served as his gubernatorial chief-of-staff -- will serve as communications director. Eric Bearse will be deputy communications director. Mark Miner will serve as national press secretary. Former state press secretary Robert Black will serve as travel press secretary. And Katherine Cesinger will serve as state press secretary (working with state-desk reporters). Cesinger served as Perry's press secretary during the recent legislative session.