Mississippian Stuart Stevens helps guide Romney’s primary campaign

JACKSON – Word comes from the GOP presidential campaign trail that Stuart Stevens, the adventurous ex-Jacksonian who built national creds as an unconventional political guru, is Mitt Romney’s top strategist, tasked with retrofitting the former Massachusetts governor’s strait-laced image.

Would you believe that Stevens, then just 29, handled ads for Haley Barbour’s ill-fated attempt in 1982 to unseat scholarly Democrat John Stennis, noted for years as the U.S. Senate’s leading national defense authority?