Englander to run Rand Paul’s campaign
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 - Posted by Rich Miller
* US Sen. Rand Paul has tapped Bruce Rauner’s campaign manager Chip Englander as his own presidential campaign manager…
In an interview Tuesday, Englander argued that Paul’s unconventional positions would lay the foundation for a potent Republican coalition. Paul has articulated mostly non-interventionist views on foreign policy, while taking hardline stances against tax hikes and President Obama’s health-care law domestically. […]
Englander, 33, who spent much of his early career working in California politics, last year managed Republican Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor in Illinois, guiding the wealthy businessman through a competitive primary and then to a decisive win in the general election - in part by outpacing Democrats in some urban areas and steering clear of hot-button social issues.
Stafford cited the work of Englander in helping Rauner win a blue state where Republicans have had scattered success as a key reason why Rand Paul settled on him. He also focused on Englander’s management of Rauner’s sprawling network of volunteers and a campaign budget of nearly $70 million. […]
Englander said in the interview, “We built 83 offices and got together 10,000 volunteers and knocked on millions of doors. Some politicians run campaigns from television studios. That’s not the way I do things, and that’s not the way you win.” […]
In a memo being shared with Paul’s donors and allies, Englander is being touted as the Republican who engineered a victory in a state “Obama won by 25%” and “drew in new types of voters to win the state, including winning a majority of moderates, unprecedented for a Republican.”
* Like Rauner, Paul has openly and eagerly courted African-American votes…
“He’s a different voice in the arena that we don’t traditionally hear,” says Lorraine Miller, acting head of the NAACP, who expects to invite Paul to speak at the organization’s July national conference in Las Vegas.
* The Paul campaign tightly controlled the rollout. Tribune…
Chip Englander, currently a senior adviser during Rauner’s move into the governor’s office, would not discuss the move on the record with the Tribune on Tuesday. But Englander provided an interview with The Washington Post in which he lauded Paul’s campaign skills.
I developed a healthy respect for Englander over the course of the past year. He grew from a brash outsider with a distinct chip on his shoulder (pardon the pun), to a competent, even visionary professional who also put together one heckuva team.