Henry and Austin Barbour are following in the political and lobbyist profession of their uncle, Haley Reeves Barbour, former Mississippi Governor and Washington, DC insider. The nephews have worked in campaigns and central committees at the state and national level. Henry was covered in a January 12, 2011 New York Times article titled “In R.N.C. Battle, the Other Barbour Steps Out” as a national party leader in his role in unseating Michael Steele of Maryland, the former Republican National Committee chairman. The national central committee replaced Steel at its next meeting.
Austin F. Barbour was photographed with Romney campaign senior advisors yesterday in Burlington, Mass. where the candidate was rehearsing for tonight’s presidential debate. See <a href=”http://www.ksl.com/?sid=22572443&nid=1164″ title=”Austin Barbour photo” target=”_blank”></a>
The younger Barbour’s role is not known in the earlier presidential debate or in the town hall style contest this evening. Earlier this year his Romney Campaign position was styled ‘Finance Chairman’.
The majority of Washington lobbyist firms and their functionaries are betting and giving to the Romney campaign. See http://firststreetresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/first-street-research-group-gop-report-v2.pdf
The national elevation of the Barbour nephews in presidential politics is happening in the midst of historical increases in presidential campaign cash and donation secrecy.