Sarah Palin skipped the huge conservative confab in Washington this weekend, but managed to make news anyway.
Palin has hired Michael Glassner, a seasoned political pro, as her "chief of staff," CNN
reported. Glassner, a lawyer, worked for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008 and is also a long-time adviser to former Senate leader Bob Dole, who ran for president as the Republican nominee in 1996.
Glassner's job apparently will be to organize Palin's far-flung team as an efficient poliical unit. His hiring is another signal that that the former Alaska governor is serious in her deliberations about a possible White House run next year.
Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC
, said the organization is "excited that Mike has agreed come on to help the team."
Palin said she bypassed the meeting
-- the Conservative Political Action Conference -- because of prior commitments. The three-day event ending Saturday was a cattle call for her potential 2012 rivals.