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Goodbye, Trent

And hello Julie. Trent Wisecup's days as director of Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PAC are numbered. His successor? None other than Julie Teer, who'd replaced former Romney spokesperson Shawn Feddeman a while back.

You can read the AP's take here. But I prefer the somewhat spicier analysis offered by the American Spectator in its postmortem of the recently concluded Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Here's what the Spectator had to say (emphasis in the original, and my apologies for the font disparity):

"If there was any juicy gossip coming out of the three-day event down in Memphis, it was the unexpected exit of Trent Wisecup, the director of Gov. Mitt Romney's Commonwealth leadership PAC.

"Wisecup is a founding partner with Mike Murphy in the DC Navigators consulting group. Murphy had served as Romney's communications consultant, but split with Romney to focus on other clients, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Wisecup stayed with Romney.

"The scuttlebutt is that Wisecup had had several run-ins with Romney's chief of staff Beth Myers, who most likely will fill a similar role in Romney's presidential bid. What's ironic in all of this is that Wisecup was telling folks over the weekend that he was moving back from Boston to Michigan, which is where Romney supporters believe the governor will open his presidential campaign operation. Why? Romney's familial and broader political base resides in the state where his father was governor, and where an early Republican primary will be held in 2008."

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