Huckabee's daughter signs on with Pawlenty to lead Iowa push

The daughter of former Arkansas. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) joined the presidential campaign of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R). 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Pawlenty's campaign as a senior political adviser working out of Iowa, where she'll lead the effort to win the Ames Straw Poll for Pawlenty — where her father came in second in 2007, before going on to win the 2008 caucuses.

“Sarah is a results-oriented person with a great track record in Iowa and around the country,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “We are very excited Sarah is joining our team just as we are hitting our stride in Iowa.”

“I’m delighted to join the governor and first lady in Iowa, which holds a special place in my heart,” she said. “It’s clear to me that Gov. Pawlenty has what it takes to unite the party, unite the country and beat President Obama.”

The hiring would appear to give Pawlenty something of an imprimatur of support from the Huckabee camp, especially since Huckabee Sanders was a major figure in her father's campaign in 2008, having served as his national political director.

It also underscores the continued push that Pawlenty's campaign has made in Iowa, host to the first nominating contest of 2012 at its February caucuses. Pawlenty launched a second TV ad in the state on Tuesday, and campaign manager Nick Ayers teased the announcement in a Twitter posting earlier Tuesday afternoon.