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Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (R-Texas) has hired Trump campaign press aide Erin PerrineErin PerrineSenior Fox News, Fox Business producer dies from coronavirus Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Fox anchor presses Trump aide on indoor rally: 'This goes against the president's own administration guidelines' MORE as his new communications director.

Perrine most recently was director of press communications for former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE’s 2020 reelection campaign. Before that, she had stints with the offices of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Waters House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' MORE (R-Calif.) and Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax GOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week MORE (R-S.D.) and campaigns for Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Republicans fret over divisive candidates MORE (R-Wis.) and former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.).

“I’m excited to join @SenTedCruz’s team today as Communications Director and come back home to Capitol Hill!” Perrine tweeted Thursday.

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The hire comes as Cruz leans into his pro-Trump bona fides ahead of a potential 2024 presidential campaign. Cruz is one of several senators, and as many as two dozen Republicans, eyeing a White House bid, with many taking steps now to closely align themselves with Trump in hopes of improving their prospects.

Cruz’s bolstered press shop could be beneficial as he faces firestorms on multiple fronts.

The Texas Republican is still facing blowback for going to Cancun with his family earlier this month when the Lone Star State was battered by power and water shortages spurred by severe winter weather. Cruz apologized for taking the trip, though speculation has already bubbled up that the poor optics could endanger his political future.

He’s also grappling with criticism from Democrats over his effort to overturn the Electoral College results last month, which critics said helped spur the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Cruz’s former communications director, Lauren Blair Bianchi, resigned after the insurrection.