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Barbour Adds Key Staffer

By on 3.8.11 | 8:14AM

In another sign that he's likely running for president, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has hired Jim Dyke to work as a communications adviser on his political action committee.

The hiring of well-regarded staffers is typically seen as a sign that a prospective candidate intends to run, because the assumption is that top talent won't join a team unless he or she has received private assurances that the candidate is likely to run.

Dyke has worn a number of hats over the years. In the 2004 election, he ran the communications department at the Republican National Committee and in 2008 he worked for Rudy Giuliani.

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