Sarah Palin has hired a veteran operative to serve as a chief of staff to her loosely organized team, one of the biggest indicators yet that the former Alaska governor is leaning toward a run for the White House.
Politico confirmed late Friday night that Palin has hired Michael Glassner to serve the key role.
“We are excited that Mike has agreed to come on to help the team,” SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford said.
Glassner will be tasked with bringing greater organization to the far-flung and small staff that resides in several different states and time zones.
Glassner, whose hiring was first reported by CNN, is a former aide to ex-Sen. Bob Dole and is familiar with Palin from his service on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
One of the key hurdles most Republican operatives say Palin has to clear in order to seriously run for president is hire an experienced staff. Glassner is a step in that direction.