Fox News has learned former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce on Monday that his presidential exploratory committee has hired Nick Ayers on as campaign manager. The move puts Ayers in position to fill the role of campaign manager in the likely event that Pawlenty announces a full blown presidential campaign in the next month or two.
Pawlenty is the first major potential presidential candidate to actually file with the Federal Election Commission and this personnel move will be seen as yet another sign that he is serious about a run for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination.
Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.