Sherrie S. Rollins, a top aide to President Bush, quit her White House post Wednesday for "personal reasons," apparently paving the way for her husband, Ed Rollins, to join the Ross Perot campaign.
The White House released an exchange of letters, dated June 3, in which Rollins explained that she was resigning "in the best interests of the administration," and her resignation was accepted by Bush.The announcement came amid reports that Ed Rollins, campaign manager for former President Ronald Reagan, will join the campaign of probable independent candidate Perot.
He will join Democrat Hamilton Jordan, former chief of staff to President Carter, as part of a high-level team that will oversee the day-to-day management of Perot's still undeclared campaign, other sources said.
Perot, interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, indicated that he had not yet reached a final agreement with either man to work in his campaign.
Perot denied news reports that he had offered the men up to $5 million each. "When you're spending your own money, you don't do things like that."
But sources said the two seasoned political consultants were already in the process of setting up shop in Perot's Dallas headquarters.
Meanwhile, GOP sources said that former Treasury Secretary William Simon would soon endorse Perot's effort. Former Texas Gov. John Connally, who is also a former treasury secretary, has already endorsed Perot.