McConnell hires blogger

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRand's reversal advances Pompeo After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care MORE (R-Ky.) is helping fellow Republicans to take their embrace of the Internet to the next level, hiring conservative blogger Jon Henke to serve as new media director for all GOP conference members.

Henke, who briefly advised former Sen. George Allen’s (R-Va.) reelection campaign on outreach to the blogosphere, co-writes the popular libertarian-leaning blog QandO.net. His new position will involve monitoring and interacting with new media outlets across the ideological spectrum, in addition to advising Senate Republicans on blog outreach, McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said.

Henke’s unique position indicates that McConnell “clearly sees [new] media as an important part of our communications efforts,” Stewart said. Many lawmakers have started up their own blogs in recent months, including Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning MORE (D-Vt.). Stewart said Henke would be available to help interested Republicans set up Web journals of their own.

“As I have written before, ‘I’m never more interested in, and excited about, the Republican Party than when they are the opposition party.’ This is that time,” Henke wrote in a Monday post on his blog announcing the move.

Henke has written skeptically in the past about Republican decision-making, most recently in a Nov. 14 post about the GOP leadership elections that said reelected House GOP Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Ohio) “may not be The Problem, but it’s not at all clear that he’s The Solution” and added that the party “must have new leadership that doesn’t bear the blame for past transgressions.”