Santorum makes another New Hampshire hire

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and potential 2012 presidential candidate announced the hiring of another staffer in the early state of New Hampshire Wednesday. 


Santorum has hired longtime Republican activist Claira Monier to serve as chairwoman of his America's Foundation political action committee in the state. 


"I am honored to have Claira as a part of our team in New Hampshire," Santorum said in a statement. "Her roots in the Granite State run deep, and there is no doubt her connection to many grassroots activists and party leaders will be a great asset as I continue to consider a run for president." 


It's Santorum's second New Hampshire hire this month. The former senator earlier announced Mike Biundo as director of the PAC. He also made his eight visit to the state last week to attend a house party hosted by former senatorial hopeful Ovide Lamontagne (R). 


Santorum has placed a heavy focus on both Iowa and New Hampshire as he weighs a run for the GOP nomination. 


In an interview, Santorum told The Hill that he has been greatly encouraged by the reception he's received in both states ahead of 2012. 

"Everything I’ve learned about presidential politics is that you have to do better than they think you’re gonna do," he said. "If you beat expectations, you go to the next place on the game board. I can tell you, I wouldn’t still be doing this if I wasn’t encouraged by the reception we’ve been getting."