Hutchison Hires Gubernatorial Campaign Manager

Posted January 26, 2009 at 3:08pm

Updated: 4:15 p.m.

Republican sources confirmed Monday that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has hired Rick Wiley to serve as the campaign manager for her 2010 gubernatorial bid.

Wiley is a former Wisconsin GOP executive director who last year went to work for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s (R) 2008 presidential primary campaign. A formal announcement of his addition to Hutchison’s campaign team is expected in the next two weeks.

Hutchison, who held a strategy meeting in Austin on Saturday with about 300 supporters, said over the weekend that a formal announcement on the gubernatorial race will come sometime this summer. But the Senator has already transferred millions into her exploratory campaign committee, and at Saturday’s meeting she released a list of nearly 900 statewide supporters.

Hutchison’s gubernatorial bid sets up a potentially ugly primary against two-term Gov. Rick Perry, who first assumed office in December 2000 after then-Gov. George W. Bush was elected president. Since Hutchison’s Senate seat is not up for re-election until 2012, she does not have to give up her seat to run for governor next year.

Perry was also in Austin on Saturday addressing anti-abortion activists at a rally at the state Capitol.