Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Karl Rove Giving Rand Paul a Seat at the Table

It looks like Karl Rove isn't stupid and has enlisted a top adviser to Rand Paul to join American Crossroads:

A top adviser to Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has signed on with the American Crossroads super PAC — a move designed to increase input from conservative grass-roots supporters who have grown suspicious of the super PAC's activities.

Trygve Olson, who advised Rand Paul in his 2010 Senate campaign and then moved over to the elder Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, will serve as an adviser to American Crossroads on House and Senate races, Post Politics has learned.


Doug Stafford, who serves as Rand Paul's chief of staff, said Olson's hiring is a step in the right direction for Crossroads.

"I think there were and probably still are conservatives concerned about what direction Crossroads is taking, and it's good news that Trygve's going to be involved," Stafford said. "He'll be a good voice in that organization making sure the conservative point of view is listened to."


Crossroads isn't the first GOP establishment group to reach out to the conservative wing of the party through its staffing in recent months.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee earlier this year announced Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) would serve as one of its two co-chairmen (both Rand Paul and Cruz upset heavily favored establishment candidates in primaries and have been among the most outspoken conservatives in the Senate), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hired a top adviser to both Pauls, Jesse Benton, as his campaign manager.

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