Comms team grows as Romney campaign takes shape

As the Mitt Romney presidential team prepares to take on a sitting president, it is adding to its communications team.

As the Mitt Romney presidential team prepares to take on a sitting president in the general election, it is adding to its staff, including the communications team.

The New York Times reports that Romney will add three more communications professionals to his staff:

Richard Grenell, formerly the communications director for the US at the United Nations, will be named the national security and foreign policy spokesman. Several gay media outlets have noted Grenell's out status and suggested his hiring could help the candidate reach the gay Republican community.

Sarah Pompei, whose Twitter profile still lists her at the communications director for House majority whip Kevin McCarthy, will become the Romney campaign's deputy communications director for regional press.

And Kristy Campbell, the national communications director of the American Conservative Union, will be named deputy communications directory for media affairs.

All three have political campaign experience. Campbell was press secretary to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and she served as communications director in Florida for Romney's 2008 presidential bid.

Pompei also worked on Romney's 2008 run as deputy press secretary. Later she served as press secretary for Meg Whitman's failed race for governor in California. Grenell worked with former President George H. W. Bush's reelection campaign and Senator John McCain's 2000 bid. He also served in the George W. Bush administration.

The Romney campaign earned a reputation for being stand-offish to press and keeping media at arm's length during the primary season. Recent reports from the trail suggest that attitude may be softening.

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