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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hired a veteran Republican strategist to help him in Iowa.

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign team has brought on David Polyansky, a veteran Republican strategist with Iowa ties.

It’s a further sign of Walker’s probable 2016 presidential bid.

Walker and campaign spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed that Polyansky had joined Walker’s campaign on Friday. The news was first reported by The Des Moines Register.

When asked about hiring a strategist with Iowa ties, Walker told reporters that when making big decisions — like whether to run for president — he doesn’t want to do so in a vacuum.

The governor is traveling to Iowa this weekend to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a conservative event hosted by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King.

After a speech in Milwaukee, Walker told reporters that when he visits Iowa on Saturday, his message will be about the efforts he’s made in Wisconsin to take on “big government special interests.”

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He gained the attention of national conservatives by pushing through Act 10, the law that severely curtailed most public employee unions, and by becoming the first governor to survive a recall.

Walker added Friday that his is a “powerful message that’s new and fresh, it’s big and bold, that comes from outside of Washington and most importantly, has been proven to work.”

Polyansky, a Texas native, has played prominent roles in two Iowa presidential campaigns. He was also a leading strategist in Republican Joni Ernst’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate this fall.

He previously helped orchestrate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.

State Journal reporter Molly Beck contributed to this report.

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