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Steinhauser: Cruz makes big hire in NH; Fiorina adding staff as well

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - One day after he formally announced his candidacy for president, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas made a major hire in New Hampshire.

And Carly Fiorina is also adding to her team in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

NH1 News confirmed Tuesday afternoon that veteran Granite State Republican strategist Ethan Zorfas will serve as a senior adviser for Cruz. Among his tasks, Zorfas will focus on building a strong team for Cruz in New Hampshire.

"Ted Cruz is a strong conservative candidate for President. I am looking forward to joining his team and building his campaign here in New Hampshire. He is looking forward to continuing to meet with Granite Staters over the next year and earning their support," Zorfas said in a quote.

Zorfas has been a top political adviser to GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for five years. He was a consultant on Guinta's 2010 victory over Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. He then served as Guinta's chief of staff. He also headed up Guinta's re-election campaign defeat at the hands of Shea-Porter in the 2012 rematch for the 1st Congressional District, and was a top adviser for Guinta's victory in last year's three-peat.

Zorfas's role with Cruz will not impact Guinta, who has been meeting with many of the Republican presidential hopefuls, but who not decided whether he'll endorse a candidate anytime soon.

Cruz announced his campaign for the White House Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. The first-term senator became the first major name to officially launch a presidential bid.

Cruz was in the Granite State just over a week ago, and returns Friday for another two day visit.

Meanwhile Fiorina, Fiorina, a former business executive and the 2010 GOP Senate nominee in California who's seriously considering a bid for the Republican nomination, is adding Tom Szold as national political director for "Carly for America." That's the group formed in February as a pre-cursor to any presidential campaign by Fiorina.

Last year Szold served as campaign manager for Marilinda Garcia, the GOP nominee in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Garcia was unsuccessful in her attempt to oust incumbent Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster.

Previously, Szold worked as the RNC's communications director in Iowa and for DCI Group, in Washington D.C


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