Huckabee’s daughter joins Pawlenty campaign

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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The Pawlenty campaign announced Tuesday that Mike Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will serve as a senior political adviser to the campaign and spearhead the campaign’s efforts leading up to the Ames Straw Poll.

“I’m delighted to join the Governor and First Lady in Iowa, which holds a special place in my heart,” Sanders said. “It’s clear to me that Gov. Pawlenty has what it takes to unite the party, unite the country and beat President Obama.”

The hire was announced in Iowa, where Pawlenty will be campaigning for the next two days. The campaign has put a lot of resources in the state, including a second television advertisement that began running today, and a strong showing in Iowa is considered necessary for Pawlenty to have a shot at the nomination.

“Sarah is a results-oriented person with a great track record in Iowa and around the country. We are very excited Sarah is joining our team just as we are hitting our stride in Iowa,” said Pawlenty in a statement.

Sanders served as her father’s national political director in his 2008 campaign when he won the Iowa Caucus, and she managed John Boozman’s campaign for Senate in 2010. She is a consultant for Tsamoutales Strategies.