But sometime around the middle of last year, Recher fell out of favor with Palin, although no one with knowledge of the incident in question would agree to go on the record to discuss it.

Over the next several months, Palin kept Recher and McMarlin on the payroll, but it became obvious to reporters that Recher was no longer in the loop in the way he used to be…

An aide who currently works for a potential 2012 presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics that Recher and McMarlin have been making inquiries to prominent Republicans who are exploring presidential runs.

Dana Perino said that any White House hopeful would be smart to employ the services of NorthStar Strategies.