Barbour continues to gear up political operation

Haley Barbour’s political operation, steadily ramping up toward a full presidential campaign, has hired a communications adviser to handle its online outreach, a Barbour aide confirmed this evening.

James Richardson, who was online communications manager for the RNC in the 2008 cycle, joins a team that already includes former 2004 RNC communications director Jim Dyke.

Richardson has more recently been a consultant to Senator Dan Coats and to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He’s also a blogger who’s written quite a bit at RedState and elsewhere.