Tribpedia: David M "Dave" Carney

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David M. "Dave" Carney is a New Hampshire-based Republican who served briefly as chief political advisor for Newt Gingrich’s presidential run before tendering his resignation in June 2011. His departure from the Gingrich campaign has invited growing speculation he will consult Gov. Rick Perry in a presidential campaign.

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Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2012, resembling the massive prayer event of the same name Perry hosted in August 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2012, resembling the massive prayer event of the same name Perry hosted in August 2011.

Allbaugh Caused Campaign Tensions, Perry Advisers Say

The longtime George W. Bush loyalist is being privately blamed for the widely reported civil war between veteran Rick Perry staffers and Washington, D.C., hands brought in to revive the Texas governor's flagging presidential bid. One senior staffer called his hire the "worst strategic decision" of the troubled campaign. 

Perry for President signs sit in the conference room where the candidate ended his presidential hopes on Jan. 19, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.
Perry for President signs sit in the conference room where the candidate ended his presidential hopes on Jan. 19, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.

A Final Indignity Where the Crusade Began

Gov. Rick Perry’s legendary winning streak came to its inglorious end Thursday. Standing in a plain conference room, the governor who had only ever known political victory admitted defeat. Once the presidential race's rocketing star, Perry fell victim to his own twisted tongue and a campaign wracked by internal tension.

Green Party officials drop off about 93,000 signatures to the Texas Secretary of State.
Green Party officials drop off about 93,000 signatures to the Texas Secretary of State.

Texas Democratic Party Settles Green Party Ballot Suit

Buried in the Texas Democratic Party’s campaign filing this week was a $210,000 deposit with a cryptic heading: “confidential litigation settlement.” Party officials won’t say what it’s for. But sources close to them confirm the settlement is the resolution of the party’s lawsuit over a Republican consultant’s effort in 2010 to get the Green Party on the state ballot.

Dave Carney, a former top political strategist for Gov. Rick Perry, speaking to a reporter after the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.
Dave Carney, a former top political strategist for Gov. Rick Perry, speaking to a reporter after the Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11, 2011.

Perry Strategist Slaps Romney in Politico E-book

Rick Perry's chief strategist, Dave Carney, clearly doesn't think much of once (and future?) GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. He lays into the former Massachusetts governor's personality and core values — or lack thereof — in a just-published book.

Former Bush advisor Joe Allbaugh at the Texas State Capitol in October, 2000.
Former Bush advisor Joe Allbaugh at the Texas State Capitol in October, 2000.

Joe Allbaugh, National Consultants Joining Perry

Joe Allbaugh, who ran George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign and later led FEMA, will make a return to big-league politics as a senior adviser to Rick Perry. Allbaugh, and several other heavy-hitters, will try to get Perry's campaign back on track after the Texas governor fell hard in opinion polls.

Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.
Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.

Texas Lobbyist Mike Toomey is Force Behind Rick Perry

Should Rick Perry become president, it will be in no small measure because of the efforts of Mike Toomey, a lobbyist and onetime chief of staff to the governor who has tapped a sprawling network of donors, business allies and friendly (or indebted) lawmakers to help him accomplish ambitious political and legislative goals.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c,  answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c, answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.

Front-runner's Absence Noted At Forum

Rick Perry missed his first opportunity to appear on a national stage with his Republican rivals, but the absence of the presidential front-runner did not keep him out of the conversation.

Deirdre Delisi, Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, attends a meeting on July 29, 2010.
Deirdre Delisi, Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, attends a meeting on July 29, 2010.

Perry Campaign Announces Top Staff

Gov. Rick Perry announced who's running his presidential campaign Friday, bestowing official titles on the staff that has brought him into hallowed frontrunner status in a matter of a couple of weeks.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

Off We Go

Texas Weekly

Saddle up, buckaroos and buckarettes. We're going on our second presidential ride in 12 years. It doesn't matter who your candidate is or what your politics are, the presence of a Texas governor on a national ticket means some changes around here.

Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Weaver has a Candidate, but It's Not Rick Perry

John Weaver, a Texan and one of a class of political consultants who rose through Texas politics to national campaigns, is working for an anti-Washington presidential candidate who is touting his success as a governor in cutting state spending, reforming taxes and making his state a magnet for business. But it’s not Rick Perry, a fellow Aggie. It’s Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.

Rick Perry Fires Up GOP Voters in New Orleans

Gov. Rick Perry, who has acknowledged thinking about running for president in 2012, fired up Republican voters Saturday in New Orleans, where conservative activists were anxious to hear a game plan for beating Barack Obama. “That mix of of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama Administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country,” he said.

Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.
Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.

Aide: Perry Still "Weeks Away" From Big Decision

Rick Perry’s top strategist told the Tribune Saturday that the Texas governor is still “at least weeks” away from making a decision about whether to run for president, a daunting financial and logistical undertaking even without the time pressures of a late entry. Consultant Dave Carney, who has worked for Perry for more than a decade, said he is helping the governor make an informed decision.

Bush, Perry Tension Renewed as Governor's Star Rises

To the list of things that Rick Perry shows contempt for — Barack Obama’s leadership abilities, excessive federal regulation, coyotes that interrupt his morning jog — add this surprising one: George W. Bush’s ideological disposition. The governor seems to go out of his way to criticize his predecessor as insufficiently conservative. Bush, for his part, makes no mention of Perry in his memoir. "There's certainly no love lost between these two men," says UT presidential scholar Bruce Buchanan.

The 37 Interviews We've Conducted ... So Far

Not to be-Labor the point, but on this Day when we pause to celebrate the men and women of Texas (and elsewhere) who work for a living, we thought we'd show off the sweat and toil of our crack interviewers. Nearly every Trib reporter has sat down with a few of the most interesting and newsworthy Texans over the last few months: current and former elected officials, authors and activists, operatives and candidates, and policy wonks of all types and stripes. Thus far we've conducted 37 so-called "TT Interviews" (a respectful riff on the Rolling Stone Interviews that many of us grew up reading) and presented them as audio, video, a transcript or some combination of the above. This non-narrative form is an effective and compelling way to tell the unfiltered stories of Texas politics, public policy and government; enjoy. And happy holiday.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of June 21, 2010

Ramsey's interview with Rick Perry's chief consultant, Stiles on the massive amount of cash that cities are collecting from red-light cameras, Grissom on the coming debate over the Democrats' two-step primary/caucus process, Thevenot on the State Board of Education's latest controversial plan, Aguilar on immigrants deported for minor infractions, Ramshaw on the social conscience (or lack thereof) of medical schools, M. Smith on a nascent voter registration effort in Harris County, Hamilton's interview with the newest state senator, Philpott on Bill White's feistier week, Galbraith on how tighter EPA rules will affect Texas and Hu on questions about the governor's transparency: The best of our best from June 21 to 25, 2010.

Gov. Rick Perry after his primary victory on March 2, 2010.
Gov. Rick Perry after his primary victory on March 2, 2010.

An Interview With Rick Perry's Chief Consultant

During last weekend's GOP convention in Dallas, the chief consultant to Rick Perry's re-election campaign talked to the Tribune about the strategy behind his strategy, why many people believe a Perry run for president is coming, the mistake that Bill White is making, the canard of the "39 Percent Governor" and the whole states-versus-the-feds thing.

Is Bill White Really a Trial Lawyer? Should We Care?

In the early days of the general election campaign for governor, the Perry team has been shouting it from the rooftops at the start of every press release, no matter the issue at hand: “Liberal trial lawyer Bill White …” The Democratic nominee rejects that label, which has morphed into an epithet during years of poisonous tussles over tort reform. So is he one or isn’t he? More importantly, does it matter?