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Bachmann camp courting S.C. consultant

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Michele Bachmann’s campaign may soon have a new addition to its South Carolina team.

Republican consultant Wesley Donehue said Bachmann’s senior South Carolina adviser Ron Thomas asked him to join the campaign to help with communications and strategy here.

Donehue added that he would help the campaign this weekend as a trial run before any firm decision is made regarding his position with the campaign.

“I have promised to help them Friday and Saturday," he said. "And that is as far as it has gone."

Bachmann’s husband Marcus will be here today and tomorrow and will submit his wife’s filing papers at the South Carolina Republican Party headquarters this afternoon. Tomorrow, he will address the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women’s annual convention, while Bachmann will speak to the group via Skype.

Donehue runs Columbia-based political Internet firm Donehue Direct, whose clients have included South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Joe Wilson. Donehue also leads political and communications strategy for the South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus.

Donehue is a former colleague of Republican consultants Warren Tompkins and Terry Sullivan (now Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff) who led Mitt Romney’s 2008 South Carolina campaign.

The Bachmann team also made staffing changes in Iowa this week, naming Republican operative Eric Woolson campaign manager. Woolson served that role for Mike Huckabee’s campaign in 2008.