Rand Paul snags ex-Cruz strategist
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Rachel Kania, Cruz’s former Texas field director, is joining Paul’s team, according to The New York Times. Her addition follows Paul’s acquisition of Vincent Harris, Cruz’s old digital strategist, in November.
 
The move is the latest in the back-and-forth between the two Republican stars, who are both expected to launch presidential candidacies.
 
Paul’s political committee praised Kania’s former campaign role in announcing her hire. The New York Times quoted a Paul representative saying Cruz “had little to no field operations running and no clear path to a grass-roots victory” before gaining Kania.
 
After Cruz’s election, Kania ran Uproot Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm. She will now run Paul’s office in Austin. Paul is a native Texan who now resides in Bowling Green, Ky.
 
Harris will join Kania in Austin. Besides Cruz and Paul, Harris also served on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Hogan won't say if he will file to run for Senate by Feb. 22 deadline Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities MORE’s (R-Ky.) 2014 reelection campaign against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
 
The digital strategist is also aiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection campaign. Israel’s elections take place on Tuesday.
 
Kentucky GOP leaders preliminarily approved Paul on Saturday for a system that would let him run for the White House while seeking reelection in the Senate. State law generally bans candidates from running for multiple offices on one ballot. 
 
Paul announced he will pursue reelection to the Senate in December and is expected to announce his presidential campaign next month.
 
Cruz, meanwhile, said on Saturday that support for his own potential candidacy has been “breathtaking.”
 
“I’ve been incredibly encouraged by the support I’ve seen,” he said at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines. “The support from the grassroots, frankly, has been breathtaking, and the financial support we’ve received from Texas and all across the country. So it’s something I’m looking at closely, and I think a decision will be made shortly.”