Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN MORE (R-Ky.) has brought on board the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, despite the likelihood that two major political figures from the state will be running against him for the White House in 2016.


Steve Munisteri is joining the emerging Paul campaign, a win for Paul because Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Texas) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) are also expected to run. 

Munisteri will help Paul's communications work and outreach to minority voters, The Associated Press reports.

Paul has been reaching out to minority voters and pressing on issues like criminal justice reform, work that Munisteri pointed to when announcing his decision.

"He's the only conservative candidate that I see who is reaching out to minority voters and young voters," Munisteri told the AP. "I don't think we can win a national election unless we do a better job of getting new people into the party." 

Paul is headed to Texas this weekend for fundraisers. Munisteri said his contacts in Texas would help with fundraising, but that will not be his main task. 

The pick-up by Paul comes amid a scramble for operatives with such a large field of likely candidates. 

Jeb Bush on Thursday won the backing of David Kochel, who had worked for Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012. Kochel is based in the crucial early state of Iowa.