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Tennessee Economics Official to Join Mitt Romney's Campaign

Tennessee’s top economic development officer is taking a temporary leave from his job to help Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Bill Hagerty will join the GOP election effort through November 6.

This isn’t the first time Hagerty has helped a Republican presidential campaign. In 2008, he served on John McCain’s presidential transition team. Hagerty now finds himself as part of Romney’s transition and planning team, which is charged with coming up with early plans if the GOP candidate wins the November election.

The Tennessean reports Hagerty and Romney have known each other for several decades, having first met while both men worked as consultants in Boston. Hagerty also served on Romney’s fundraising team during his 2008 presidential bid.

Deputy to the Governor Claude Ramsey will oversee the Tennessee Economic Development team during Hagerty’s absence.

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