CONCORD – Manchester resident and veteran GOP campaign strategist Mike Biundo has signed on as the top regional strategist for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee.
In a move that sets up Paul for a presidential campaign operation in first primary state New Hampshire over the next year-and-a-half, Biundo has been named Chief Strategist for New England of RANDPAC, Reinventing A New Direction PAC. He will also serve as a National Senior Advisor and Coalitions Director.
The PAC’s immediate goal is to help like-minded GOP candidates for office in 2014.
Biundo is the former national campaign manager for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign. Santorum, who emerged as the conservative alternative to eventual nominee Mitt Romney, appears less likely to run for President in 2016. After Romney won the GOP nomination, Biundo joined Romney’s general election campaign as Deputy Coalitions Director.
After the election, he co-founded the political consulting and issues group RightOn Strategies, which has been active in the 2014 mid-term election with criticisms of Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster, as well as Gov. Maggie Hassan, on key issues.
Biundo’s two partners and RightOn Strategies co-founders, Derek Dufresne and Kory Wood, will be supporting RANDPAC in advisory roles.
Paul has been gearing up for a run, and while the hiring of Biundo is not officially tied to a 2016 campaign, it clearly sets the stage for a Paul campaign operation in New Hampshire.
Paul called Biundo, of Manchester, “a valuable asset to my team. His experience, passion and leadership will help me advance the principles of liberty. The Republican Party needs to grow and Mike will be a vital part of that effort.”
Biundo has run many statewide New Hampshire races including a presidential primary, gubernatorial races, and congressional campaigns in each of New Hampshire’s two districts.
Biundo said, “I am honored to join Senator Paul as he continues to be a leading voice for the conservative movement. Rand’s unique ability to connect with Americans of all backgrounds, while still fighting for and carrying the conservative banner, is unparalleled — and that is exactly what our party and country need right now. I look forward to joining Senator Paul’s many efforts, both in New England and around the country.”
Doug Stafford, executive director of RANDPAC, called Biundo “one of the most experienced individuals in the nation when it comes to building coalitions. His involvement in RANDPAC will undoubtedly strengthen and complement our growing team.”
RANDPAC describes itself as a political action committee “whose goal is to elect Republicans across the United States who are committed to less government and more freedom. Senator Paul has actively traveled across the nation campaigning on behalf of Republicans and expects to maintain an aggressive schedule into 2015 and beyond.”
Paul is viewed as one of the stronger potential 2016 candidates in a tightly packed field in New Hampshire. In a recent Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll, he was tied with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Granite State and slightly ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Last month, Paul named a chief strategist for the RANDPAC operation in first caucus state Iowa. The post went to former Iowa GOP chairman Steve Grubbs.