CNN: Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz’s digital guru Vincent Harris

November 18th, 2014, 11:23 AM
By Ashley Killough

Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz’s top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator’s team to work for Sen. Rand Paul’s political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest.

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Harris will join Rand Paul’s political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC.

Stafford said Harris will sit at the “top of the leadership team,” as Paul and his inner circle carry out what’s expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid in the coming days, and he’s said he’ll make a decision on a White House run in the spring.

Cruz has also kept the door open to a 2016 presidential campaign.

Paul’s team was attracted to Harris’ push for Republicans to make digital operations a more robust part of campaigns, Stafford said. “We want to be leaders on that,” he continued, saying Harris will focus on strategies involving data, websites, and social media among other things.

Harris, 26, runs Harris Media, a digital strategy firm based out of Austin that has more than 20 employees. The firm helped reinvent Sen. Mitch McConnell’s digital presence ahead of the Kentucky senator’s successful re-election win this fall.

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