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Rick Perry: Campaign Shakeup Rumors Are ‘Scuttlebutt’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DERRY, N.H.) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called the reports of a shakeup of his campaign staff “scuttlebutt,” and said campaign manager Rob Johnson and chief strategist Dave Carney remain in their respective roles.

“News to me, news to me.  I talked to both of them within, as a matter of fact the last 24 hours, so if they have, news to me,” Perry told reporters when asked if the two had been demoted or were leaving the campaign.  "I would suggest to you that’s just scuttlebutt, highly technical Aggie term.”

Perry said he was not aware of reports that Joe Allbaugh might assume some of Carney’s duties, but he also did not deny it, saying only that he’s working on being the “best candidate” and not focusing on the distribution of duties within his campaign.

“Joe [Allbaugh] I’ve known since 1995, so I asked him to come in and to assist us some, so he’s doing a great job.  He’s the ‘make the trains run on time’ guy and does a fabulous job,” Perry said.

“That’s not in my purview,” Perry said when asked if Allbaugh is taking over some of Carney’s work.  “I try to get out to be the best candidate I can be every day and the best I can tell everybody’s working hard and getting their work done, so I’m a happy camper and that’s a good thing.  I’m happy, working hard having good response from across the country, so I think everything’s going along just fine.”

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Jay Carney Picked as New White House Press Secretary

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has selected Jay Carney, current communications director for Vice President Biden, to succeed Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, sources tell ABC News.

The announcement, expected to be made public by late Thursday afternoon, will also include the appointment of two new deputy chiefs of staff: current head of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle and current White House director of Scheduling and Advance Alyssa Mastromonaco.

Other staffing changes include a role for Assistant to the President for Special Projects Stephanie Cutter as deputy to senior adviser David Plouffe, and a senior staff role for David Lane, a longtime aide to chief of staff Bill Daley, on Daley's team. Rob Nabors, currently a senior adviser to the White House chief of staff, will become director of legislative affairs; the current director, Phil Schiliro, has long been expected to leave after a very active two years.

Carney reported for Time magazine from 1993 until 2008, based in places such as Moscow and working his way up to Washington bureau chief in 2008. He covered President Bush and in 2003 was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the presidency. He started his career at the Miami Herald. He is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman.

Vice President Biden aggressively advocated for Carney to get the job and advised the president, sources say, that it was helpful to have a spokesman who has independent relationships with reporters.

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