When Joe Allbaugh walked into his first staff meeting at the headquarters of the Rick Perry presidential campaign on Oct. 24, the governor of Texas had already blown his once formidable lead in the polls.
But there was still hope that he could rise again, and campaign manager Rob Johnson introduced the physically imposing Allbaugh, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a key part of the rescue effort.
“I’m just here to help,” several senior Perry advisers remember Allbaugh saying.
A few days later, at a subsequent gathering, it was a different story.
According to several ...