Jeb Bush Picks Opposition Researcher, Gay Republican Tim Miller For Campaign Team
America Rising super PAC co-founder Tim Miller will likely head up communications for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, as the former Florida governor ramps up his bid for the nomination in 2016.
Miller, one of the most prominent gay Republicans in Washington politics, has worked on numerous GOP campaigns, including John McCain's in 2008, and Jon Huntsman's campaign in 2012, followed by Mitt Romney's campaign that year. According to Politico, Miller will act as a senior advisor to Bush's Right to Rise PAC, but will likely become Bush's communications director if he does officially launch a campaign.
"Miller is an aggressive, younger operative who can be expected to inject a pugilistic style into Bush’s high command," Politico's Mike Allen says.
America Rising is one of the most aggressive opposition attack groups in conservative politics. Former Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, former Republican National Committee research director Joe Pounder, and Miller founded the group after the 2012 campaign showed the party lacked a strong research opposition outfit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The group tracks Democrats on the campaign trail, and circulates "potentially damaging information." Colin Reed, who has worked with Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Scott Brown, will succeed Miller.
Upon the announcement that Miller would join Bush's political committee, he tweeted, "America Rising PAC is in great hands with @ColinTReed. He'll give Hillary plenty of pugilism."