An early strategist for Jeb Bush's likely presidential campaign may soon pivot to join his super-PAC, The New York Times reported
While no decisions are firm, strategist Mike Murphy is in discussions to possibly transition his efforts to "Right to Rise," which raises money outside Bush's official campaign, the Times said, citing anonymous discussions with those privy to the former Florida governor's tight inner circle.
Murphy's background makes him well-suited for one key task of a super PAC — creating political ads. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Revolution Agency
. It produced spots for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the 2014 election cycle, the Times noted.
For now, the personnel switch remains undecided, and Murphy could stay in his current role, the Times added. The positioning decisions come as Bush seeks to lay out his vision, his record and set up his organization in advance of what many see as a likely 2016 GOP bid for the White House.
Bush announced the formation of a PAC in December as he said he was taking steps to exploring a possible presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported
"The PAC's purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans," Bush wrote in a Facebook post to his supporters. "In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America."
Murphy, who has previously worked with candidates Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, is among Bush's trusted inner circle or "kitchen cabinet," Politico reported
, as he joins Bush's former chief of staff and longtime ally Sally Bradshaw among key figures helping to shape a nascent campaign.
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