Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has hired a well-respected strategist to guide his campaign in New Hampshire, a key primary state analysts say is a must-win state for Bush should he seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Joining Bush is Rich Killion, a Concord-based strategist who has managed two campaigns for New Hampshire governor and is tight with New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse. In the 2014 election, Killion guided all incumbent Republican senators to win reelection who sought it and kept the body’s Republican majority.
During the 2008 presidential primary, Killion served in a similar role advising former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. In 2012, he served as a consultant to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s abbreviated bid.
“Although our party has many accomplished individuals, governor Bush’s track record of making conservative principles work for millions of Floridians clearly stands out and I’m thrilled to help him with the Right to Rise PAC,” said Killion.
Killion will serve as senior adviser in New Hampshire to Bush’s The Right to Rise PAC. He becomes the first staffer to join the Bush campaign in New Hampshire. Earlier this month, Bush announced that he had hired one of Iowa’s top Republican strategists.
In addition to confirming that Killion has been hired, aides also said Bush would make his first trip to New Hampshire in 15 years on March 13 and 14.