Romney’s chief strategists, Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer, played the same roles on Crist’s senatorial campaign last cycle. Romney’s national press secretary, Andrea Saul, was Crist’s communications director. One of Romney’s regional press secretaries, Amanda Henneberg, was press secretary for Crist’s Senate campaign.
In the political world, Romney’s people are regarded as consummate professionals, and staffers’ changing bosses is part of the nature of campaign work. What’s more, some members of Rubio’s team are Romney veterans: Rubio’s chief of staff, Cesar Conda, and his deputy, Terry Sullivan, worked on Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008. Also, Romney adviser Albert Martinez served as a senior adviser to Rubio’s Senate campaign. (Beth Myers, Romney’s former chief of staff, is the official manager of Romney’s running-mate selection process.)
But Andrea Saul’s time with Crist has already garnered some attention. ABC News had fun looking through Saul’s comments on behalf of Crist, declaring that Rubio was a “wheeling and dealing Miami lobbyist and politician, always trying to scam the system for his personal benefit.” (Saul left the Crist campaign when the governor announced he was leaving the GOP and would run for the Senate seat as an independent.) If Rubio is on the 2012 ticket, it is likely that the Obama campaign would run some “even Romney’s own staffers say Marco Rubio is a no-good so-and-so” ads.