A new National Journal survey of Washington, D.C. "insiders"--"political operatives, strategists, campaign consultants and lobbyists"--found that most of those polled think former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be a better presidential nominee than Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But the report left out one small detail: Nearly one in four of the Republican insiders who took part in the survey have worked for or currently work for Romney's campaign.
Sean Davis, a political analyst and former aide to Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, was the first to catch it:
"[A]t least 30 of the 141 GOP operatives polled—nearly 25 percent of the GOP sample—currently work for Romney or worked for his 2008 presidential campaign. Only one insider was readily identified in a Google search as being a member of Team Perry," Davis wrote on the conservative blog RedState.com.
Nearly 70 percent of the Republican responders in the poll said Romney had a better chance of beating President Barack Obama, compared to just 31 percent for Perry. In nationwide polls, Perry currently leads Romney by an average of about 10 points, according to surveys gathered by RealClearPolitics.com.
That several Romney staffers took part in the poll shouldn't be all that shocking when you consider that Romney ran for president in the 2008 election cycle, the report's co-author Taylor West told the The Ticket in an email.
"Given that Mitt Romney is in the middle of his second major national campaign, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that some of those professionals have worked for him at one point or another," West told The Ticket.
Here's a list of the former and current Romney staffers in the poll, courtesy of Davis. Most of them worked for Romney in 2008:
|Al Cardenas||Chairman — National Hispanic Steering Committee||2008|
|Alex Castellanos||Media Strategist||2008|
|Debi Durham||Surrogate — Iowa||2008|
|Mindy Finn||Chief Online Strategist||2008|
|Carl Forti||Political Director/Deputy Campaign Manager||2008|
|Alex Gage||Data Cruncher||2008|
|Bruce A. Gates||Fundraiser||2008|
|Benjamin Ginsberg||National Counsel||2008|
|Doug Gross||Campaign Chairman — Iowa||2008|
|Kevin Madden||Campaign Spokesman||2008|
|Jim Merrill||State Director — New Hampshire||2008|
|David Norcross||Campaign Co-Chairman — New Jersey||2008|
|Van B. Poole||Fundraiser — Florida Finance Committee||2008|
|Tom Rath||Senior National Adviser||2008|
|Jason Roe||Deputy Campaign Manager||2008|
|Russ Schriefer||Media Strategist||2008|
|Terry Sullivan||Adviser — South Carolina||2008|
|Warren Tompkins||Adviser — South Carolina||2008|
|Jan van Lohuizen||Pollster||2008|