Conservative group talks up Texas Gov. Perry in New Hampshire

A conservative group with ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched ads Monday in New Hampshire promoting the presidential candidate there.

Americans for Job Security took out Web ads linking to a petition promoting tort reform, and its president, Stephen DeMaura, penned an op-ed in the New Hampshire Journal promoting the same.

Each makes mention of the reforms Perry took recently in Texas to rein in some lawsuits, a bit of publicity for the governor as he considers a possible late entry into the race for the Republican nomination.

"Texas, led by Gov. Rick Perry, is blazing an important trail for other states ... as well as for presidential candidates who are running on pro-economic-growth platforms," DeMaura wrote in the Journal.

The petition also makes mention of Perry, and encourages other GOP presidential candidates to support the kind of tort reform that Perry had sought in Texas.

Not to be overlooked are the close ties between Dave Carney, a political adviser to Perry and one of the recently resigned aides to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's (R-Ga.) presidential campaign, and Americans for Job Security. Carney serves as a paid consultant to AJS, and the effort this Monday could offer some clues about Perry's intentions.