Paul Steinhauser: Reed wants public well informed about Clinton
CONCORD - Colin Reed's packing his bags and heading to the nation's capital.
The Manchester-based Republican operative was named Friday as the new executive director of the America Rising PAC, succeeding Tim Miller, who left the PAC to serve as communications director for Jeb Bush's Right to Rise PAC. If the former Florida governor launches a campaign for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, as expected, Miller would be in line to serve as campaign communications director.
Miller helped launch the Republican opposition research shop two years ago, along with America Rising President Joe Pounder and Chairman Matt Rhoades. The high-profile firm's main mission is to find dirt on Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, and to push that material in the media.
NH1 spoke to Reed Friday afternoon.
"It's an honor to join the talented team at America Rising as they build on their incredibly successful 2014 cycle. I'm looking forward to playing a role ensuring that the American public is well informed about the real records of Hillary Clinton and Democrats everywhere when they go to the ballot box in November 2016," Reed told NH1.
Reed served as campaign manager for Scott Brown's 2014 GOP challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Thanks in part to Reed's steering of the campaign, the showdown between the former senator from Massachusetts and the popular incumbent turned into one of the hottest Senate battles in last year's midterm elections.
Reed, a Bay State native, worked in then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's press office and served as deputy director of rapid response for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
Reed was part of the team at the National Republican Senatorial Committee that assisted Brown (who was a Massachusetts state lawmaker at the time) in his upset victory in the January 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kenney. Following the election, Reed served in Brown's Senate office and was communications director for Brown's 2012 re-election campaign. Brown ended up losing that election to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.
Reed then joined Chris Christie's team, serving as deputy communications director in the New Jersey Republican governor's press office in Trenton.
Last month Reed teamed up with Romney again,
helping with press relations as the 2012 GOP presidential nominee seriously considered making a third bid for the White House. When Romney decided against another presidential run, Reed quickly became a hot commodity in Republican campaign politics.
"Colin is an incredible addition to the America Rising team. His aggressive leadership of America Rising PAC will only build on our successes last cycle as we continue to hold Hillary Clinton and Democrats accountable," said Pounder, in a statement.