In the wake of a New York Times report
that claims Sen. Rand Paul will announce in April he's running for president, another report breaks down the growing team of experts that will help him with his candidacy.
The Washington Post
discusses the Kentucky Republican's inner circle of nine trusted confidants and advisers and what role they'll serve in his White House campaign.
Among Paul's advisers is Jesse Benton, who is married to Paul's niece. Benton worked briefly on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign last year but serves as one of Paul's closest advisers, reports the Post.
Mike Biundo, the Post writes, will spearhead Paul's all-important New Hampshire campaign ahead of the nation's first primary, scheduled for early next year. Biundo hails from the Granite State and worked on the 2012 presidential campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, along with Pat Buchanan's 1996 campaign.
Former Iowa state Rep. Steve Grubbs, who in the past has worked for Bob Dole and Steve Forbes, will lead the Paul campaign in Iowa.
Media consultant Rex Elsass first began working with Paul during the 2010 Senate race and will work on getting Paul's message out for 2016, the Post reports. Working with Elsass will be Sergio Gor, who serves as Paul's communications adviser, according to the Post.
Running the digital operation of Paul's campaign will be Vincent Harris, who Paul hired in November.
The 26-year-old Texan previously did work for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, two potential 2016 candidates on the Republican side. Harris has also been working to help
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win re-election.
just joined Team Paul last month as campaign manager after helping Bruce Rauner win the gubernatorial election in Illinois in November.
The two other members of Paul's team, according to the Post, are Chris LaCivita and Doug Stafford. LaCivita, who has worked in several high-profile positions during his career, is slated to lead the South Carolina efforts of Paul's campaign.
Stafford has worked as Paul's chief of staff and now leads the senator's political organization.
Paul has long been rumored
to be pondering a White House run in 2016. If he announces his candidacy on April 1, he could be the first person to officially enter the race.
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