A little more than a month after the announcement that he was considering a run for the Republican nomination, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has steadily added campaign operatives to his team, most recently Jon Downs and Danny Diaz, two veteran communications advisers, reports CNN.
"We're excited Jon and Danny are joining our team. Their expertise and experience will be critical to communicating Gov. Bush's conservative ideas for greater economic growth and opportunity," Bush adviser Sally Bradshaw told the network.
Downs and Diaz, who together started the political firm of FP1 Strategies, will oversee media relations for Right to Rise Leadership PAC,
the political action committee Bush launched less than a month ago.
Just last week, Bush brought in David Kochel, who directed Mitt Romney's Iowa campaigns in 2008 and 2012, to serve as political director for the political action committee.
"Though the Republican Party has a deep bench of individuals that I respect and admire, I'd encourage Gov. Bush to take his record of accomplishment and dynamic, conservative ideas to the whole nation," Kochel told the Des Moines Register in an interview.
Bush advisers told the paper if the former Florida governor were to run for the GOP nomination that Kochel likely would direct the national campaign.
The PAC opened up its headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, and already has at least eight staffers, reports The Miami Herald.
Kristy Campbell, who managed communications for Romney in 2008 and 2012, and Matt Gorman, Romney's deputy rapid-response director in 2012, both left Washington, D.C., to join Bush's team.
The speed at which Bush is hiring is partly a consequence of the ground he must make up on other potential candidates, notes The Wall Street Journal.
"Years after potential rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination began building political operations, Mr. Bush and his supporters are moving swiftly to establish a nationwide fundraising network, hire staff and engage in policy debates. The latest sign of his accelerated timetable was the dual launch on Tuesday of both a political committee and a super PAC that mark a major step toward a likely campaign," the paper notes.
CNN also reported last month
that Romney's 2012 deputy counsel, Megan Sowards, was planning to move to join McDonald Hopkins, a Florida law firm with connections to Bush, but no official announcement or confirmation has been made.
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