Rand Paul hires aides from his campaign and Sen. Bunning's staff

12/14/2010 11:10 PM

Senator-elect Rand Paul has chosen a mix of campaign staff, conservative activists and hold-overs from out-going Sen. Jim Bunning to make up his first senatorial staff, Paul officially announced in a news release sent through his senatorial campaign.

Paul’s chief of staff, Doug Stafford, has worked for the Campaign for Liberty and National Right to Work Committee. His counterpart in Kentucky will be Jim Milliman, who will be Paul’s state director. Both have been conservative activists. Milliman is a Louisville lawyer who has worked with conservative candidates. He served as a lawyer for Ernie Fletcher when Fletcher was running for governor in 2003.

Paul’s hires with previous experience on Senate/congressional staffs include:

  • William Henderson, who will become deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Paul. Henderson most recently served as legislative director for Bunning,
  • Rachel McCubbin, Paul’s deputy state director, had worked for Bunning as a field representative in the First Congressional District. McCubbin has been a staunch Republican activist and state party executive committee member based out of Hopkinsville.
  • Bobette Franklin will be Paul’s Director of Constituent Services. Franklin handled constituent issues as a caseworker and casework manager for former Kentucky congressman Ron Lewis and most recently Lewis’ successor, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green, in Kentucky’s Second Congressional District.

Hires who worked on or with connections to Paul’s campaign include:
  • Moira Bagley will serve as Paul’s communications director. The National Republican Senatorial Committee dispatched Bagley to Kentucky in June to serve as communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, specifically in conjunction with Paul’s campaign.
  • Ryan Hogan will be a field representative in Bowling Green. He served as a press coordinator for Paul and travelled with Paul during the campaign.
  • Dan Bayens will work as Paul’s Lexington field representative. Bayens moves over from the Strategy Group for Media, which was the political consulting and ad firm that worked for Paul’s campaign. Bayens also is on the Fayette County Republican Party Executive Committee and is a former aide in Fletcher’s administration.
  • Bryan Mills will be Paul’s Eastern Kentucky representative. A former blogger, Mills was the Laurel County Republican Party chairman who coordinated numerous fund-raisers and events in the region in support of Paul.
  • Bernie Kunkel will be the Northern Kentucky representative. Kunkel, who ran unsuccessfully for the state House in the 2006 primary for the 69th district, strongly backed Paul during last spring’s GOP primary. That included writing a scathing letter to GOP voters in May about Paul’s primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Paul also named the following staff assistants in the Washington, D.C., office:
  • Cayce Moffett,a campaign intern, will serve as assistant to the chief of staff.
  • Seana Cranston and Rachel Latta, legislative assistants
  • Luke Mroz, Breck Farking and Brett King, legislative correspondents
  • Carolyn Moffa, staff assistant
  • Orlando Watson, press assistant

The announcement comes days after the Associated Press’ Roger Alford named some of the unofficial appointments in a story about Paul over the weekend.

Paul also was quoted in a New York Times piece on Monday about his father, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, in which the younger Paul said he would be rooming with his father in a Virginia condo.

- Kenny Colston and Ryan Alessi


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