Lynton Crosby, the strategist who masterminded four election victories for John Howard in his native Australia, not only ran the Conservative Party's 2005 general election campaign, but was also responsible for Boris Johnson's successful bid for the London mayoralty last year.
In so doing, the "Wizard of Oz" won many admirers in the Conservative family here in Britain and gained the respect of all who watched him at work. After his experience running the 2005 general election, he set up a London office of his business, Crosby|Textor, and he has been a regular visitor to these shores ever since. He has been a great asset to the British Conservative cause and many have previously speculated as to whether he could be persuaded to run future election campaigns for the party.
As such, many will be disappointed to hear that over the last couple weeks he has been spotted at the Brussels HQ of Libertas, the political party set up by Declan Ganley - the man who ran the successful No campaign against the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland.
Having picked up rumours of Mr Crosby's appearance there during my trip to Brussels earlier in the week, sources have now confirmed to me that Mr Crosby and his company have indeed been engaged to manage Libertas's pan-European campaign for the elections to the European Parliament in June.
Declan Ganley is on the record as saying he wants to run a slate of candidates in Britain at June's European elections - against Conservatives - so it would seem remiss of CCHQ not to have snapped up Lynton Crosby first. He is, however, a businessman, and in that sense cannot be blamed for taking up what was presumably a lucrative offer of work.
But it would in all likelihood make it very difficult for the party to engage him in the future, which is a great shame.