In his Presidential run Rand Paul has hired an interesting group of campaign staffers including two well known Virginians. [read_more]As we reported earlier Chris LaCivita will be Paul’s senior advisor. LaCivita has lost more campaigns than he has won, including Ken Cuccinelli’s run for Governor last year. Recently he helped win the re-election of Republican Senator Pat Roberts in the very red state of Kansas.
Paul has also hired media strategist 26 year old Vince Harris whom Bloomberg Politics calls the man who invented the Republican internet. Harris has all of ‘six years of internet experience’. Wow! Quite a resume. Many of us in Loudoun remember the blog he began here, Too Conservative, quite a misnomer since it has been dominated by people who hate Republicans and their candidates. Harris refused to police the blog while it bashed our candidates including Ken Cuccinelli and the soon to be Virginia’s Republican Party Chair John Whitbeck. Vince Harris was/is fine with all of this. Vince Harris worked for Ted Cruz and other winning candidates but also worked for just as many losing candidates in his vast 6 years of experience.
The likely Paul-for-President campaign will be managed by 33 year old Chip Englander who recently ran and won a campaign for Republican Bruce Rauner, now Governor of Illinois. It was a huge win for Republicans in a very blue state. Chip Englander’s son is also named Chip Englander and he’s adorable. It is not readily apparent if Chip Englander has managed other successful campaigns.
The folks over at the National Journal ask “What’s Behind Rand Paul’s Staffing Strategy“? They seem to think that hiring these young men is a brilliant. Having known the history of Chris LaCivita and Vince Harris in Virginia, I disagree. Seems like a suicide mission to me.