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ANDREA SAUL

NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY, ROMNEY’S 2012 CAMPAIGN

Mitt Romney’s sons have often said that their mother, Ann, serves as “the great Mitt stabilizer” in times of distress. But during the trials and tribulations of a national presidential campaign, the Republican nominee has leaned on a different woman — national press secretary Andrea Saul — to calm the waters.

Saul, 30, is described as perceptive, intelligent and savvy beyond her years. But more than anything, friends credit the Dalton, Ga., native’s strong work ethic for her quick rise through the Republican communications world.

Saul first honed her ability to work hard and fast with a job for NBC during the network’s production of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She then moved to Washington, where she worked first for the DCI Group and later for John McCain’s GOP presidential campaign as the media affairs director.

“A lot of us met Andrea in the McCain campaign and really liked her,” Romney adviser Beth Myers said. “When things were going well, when things were going tough, she was always really nice and pleasant to work with.

“When we were looking to expand our campaign in 2010, we thought about people who had done a really good job in 2008 and everybody likes,” Myers said, “and Andrea fits in both those buckets.”

Saul told Glamour magazine that the long hours are made easier by knowing that she’s working for someone she truly likes and respects — and that “there’s an end date and a worthy goal in sight.”

She might still be best known in her hometown for her family’s multimillion-dollar carpet manufacturing business, but a Romney win could secure Saul a job in the White House.

“She’s really good on camera, she’s a really good writer, and she’s a really great manager, so anything she wants to do, she’s going to be good at,” Myers said.

— Justin Sink

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