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Meet Mitt Romney’s 69-Year-Old Pipe-Smoking Head Groupie

WEST DES MOINES, IA - DECEMBER 30:  As a light and steady rain falls, Jim Wilson of Buckingham, Virginia, hand out United States flags to supporters before the start of a campaign rally with former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Hy Vee supermarket December 30, 2011 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Despite cold wind and rain, hundreds of Romney supporters came out to see the candidate just days before the "first in the nation" Iowa Caucuses.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Jim Wilson in Des Moines.

"[He] is frequently profane (cycling through jokes about weight, Viagra and Rogaine), smokes a pipe, carries a fish-skinning knife with a three-inch blade and dons an almost cartoonishly retro wardrobe of knee-high tube socks, bright white sneakers and Magnum, P.I.-era Tom Selleck beige shorts." That's Jim Wilson, profiled in today's New York Times, a near-septuagenarian former insurance salesman from Virginia who's been following the Romney campaign since last summer, driving 40,000 miles in his poster-festooned pickup truck. Mitt, make this man your chief stylist and speechwriter now.

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images