Paul hires campaign manager ahead of potential presidential run
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has hired a campaign manager for his likely White House run in 2016.
Chip Englander, who in 2014 managed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) successful campaign, has been brought on as a senior adviser to Paul’s team and will serve as the campaign manager should the Kentucky Republican run for president, The Hill has confirmed.
The Washington Post first reported the news on Tuesday evening.
Paul has said he will decide around March or April whether to run for president. He’s already announced that he’ll run for reelection to the Senate in 2016.
Englander is a Washington outsider, but Rauner’s victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in deep blue Illinois was among the GOP’s most impressive pick-ups in the 2014 cycle.
Englander’s hiring is further evidence that Paul is inching closer to running for president, and it comes at a time when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is pressuring other potential contenders to make a move.
Bush has been aggressive over the last month in moving towards a run. He’s moved to untangle his business interests by resigning from corporate boards, released troves of emails from his time as governor, and has promised to release his tax records and an e-book laying out his policy positions.