Former Scott Brown campaign manager Colin Reed has been tapped as the new executive director of the pro-Republican opposition research America Rising PAC, after the group’s co-founder and former ED left to work with the Jeb Bush campaign.
Reed had been a spokesman for several weeks for Mitt Romney as he considered a third run for President, but after Romney decided not to make the run, Reed was a “free agent” – briefly and landed with America Rising today.
Brown lost the 2014 race to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, but his campaign – headed by Reed – was credited with moving it from a race that leaned heavily to Shaheen to a near toss-up, until the final weeks, when Shaheen somewhat widened the gap and ended up winning 51.6 to 48.4 percent.
Previously, Reed served as deputy communications director for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was communications director for Brown’s 2012 Senate race and press secretary in Brown’s Senate office. Reed also has worked at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and on the 2008 presidential campaigns of Romney and then Sen. John McCain.
America Rising president Joe Pounder called Reed “an incredible addition to the America Rising team.”
His hiring followed Miller’s exit from America Rising to Bush’s “Right to Rise” PAC. The Wall Street Journal reported that if Bush runs for President, Miller is expected to be his campaign communications director.
The Wall Street Journal called America Rising “one of the most prominent Republican attack machines in national politics.”