ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has hired a former official in Gov. Sarah Palin's administration to manage his Senate campaign.
Mike Tibbles was named Monday as Stevens' campaign manager.
Tibbles led Palin's transition team after winning the governor's mansion in 2006. He most recently served as her chief of staff.
Stevens says Tibbles brings a wealth of campaign experience to his team. Stevens adds his new manager "is battle-tested and his organization skills are first-rate."
Stevens is running for re-election while under a federal investigation. His likely Democratic opponent in November is Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.