Texas GOP Chairman headed to Sen. Rand Paul’s staff

Republican Party of Texas State Chairman Steve Munisteri

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man in charge of running the Republican Party of Texas plans to quit his job to go work for a possible presidential candidate: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Steve Munisteri took the leadership post in 2010, overseeing the party in the last three election cycles. In a statement, Munisteri said he would take the position of Senior Adviser to Paul.

While Paul is not from Texas, he has deep ties to the state, growing up here. He is the son of former Congressman Ron Paul. Both father and son Paul gained support from the more libertarian wing of the party.

“Senator Paul shares my vision of promoting the conservative values of individual freedom, limited government, a strong national defense, and defense of the Constitution in each and every community in our country,” said Munisteri.

Paul is among several Republicans rumored to be considering a run for president. That would put Munisteri potentially in conflict with other possible candidates from Texas, like former Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also formed an exploratory committee. He was born in Texas and of course is related to several former state and national leaders.

Munisteri said in a statement that he wants to work with Paul to reach out in communities where Republicans are less established.

“I am honored to assist him in whatever his future endeavors may be,” said Munisteri.

Last week, Politico reported Paul is planning to open a political office in Austin. The Kentucky Republican is hoping to tap into the “technology talent” in the capital city ahead of a possible presidential run.

Campaign For Party Chair

A Texas Republican party spokesman said Chairman Munisteri’s final day will be March 7. On that day, 64 members from the State Republican Executive Committee will vote for a new leader during their meeting in Austin.

Four candidates have already announced they will run: current Republican Party of Texas Treasurer Tom Mechler; current National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong; current Dallas County GOP Chair Wade Emmert; and former Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill.

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