POLITICO: Rand Paul hires digital guru Vincent Harris away from Ted Cruz
November 18th, 2014, 2:37 PM
By Darren Samuelsohn
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has snatched one of the GOP’s young digital stars from likely primary opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Vincent Harris and his Austin-based firm Harris Media late Monday joined up with RANDPAC, with Harris officially taking the job of chief digital strategist for the Kentucky Republican’s political operation.
Cruz also is shedding other staff. On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton tapped as his top assistant Chip Roy, the senator’s top Cruz political strategist and former chief of staff.
Harris, who led the 2014 digital campaign for Sen. Mitch McConnell, has ties to several potential Republican presidential candidates. He led Mike Huckabee’s digital efforts in the 2008 GOP presidential primaries. In 2012, he handled Cruz’s Senate campaign and also directed online strategy for Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid.
In an interview Tuesday, Harris said he picked Paul because of the Kentucky Republican’s commitment to a strong 2016 digital campaign – and because they both are alumni of Baylor University.
“Rand Paul is a forward looking thought leader who is going to put a large emphasis on technology, probably a larger emphasis than any other candidate considering who he is, who his supporters are and his issue stands,” Harris said.
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