Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s potential presidential candidacy is having a big week.
He vaulted to the top of the closely-watched Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll earlier this week, after a well-received showing at the Iowa Freedom Summit Jan. 24.
The 47-year-old Walker wowed the crowd by explaining how his fiscal policies in Wisconsin could be used in Washington to streamline the federal government.
He polled 15 percent among likely Republican caucus-goers in the new survey, just ahead of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 14 percent. Next were 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who said Friday he would not run next year, at 13 percent; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 10 percent; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 9 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent.
Even with Romney out, the poll found, Walker remained on top, Paul was second, Huckabee third and Carson fourth.
Walker Tuesday made others moves. He would hire some well-known Republican insiders to help with what could become a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Kirsten Kukowski, now press secretary for the Republican National Committee, is to become communications director for “Our American Revival,” Walker’s political committee. Pollster Ed Goeas, president of the Tarrance Group, a Republican political strategy firm, is set to become a senior adviser.
Rick Wiley, a national Republican strategist Walker hired to help run his political operation, tweeted “Welcome to the Team.”