Scott Jennings, the Louisville GOP strategist who was instrumental in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's landslide win last year, is joining former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's likely presidential campaign.
Jennings, a former adviser to former President George W. Bush, is joining Jeb Bush's political action committee, Right to Rise, as a senior adviser. He would be in line for a senior role on the campaign, most likely as national political director, if Jeb Bush goes ahead with a run for the White House.
Bush's team said no final decisions have been made about whether Bush will run for president or what roles staff would play if he makes the run official.
In an email message to the Herald-Leader, Jennings said, "Bush has a strong record of cutting taxes, protecting life and finding ways to reform government with solid conservative ideas."
"I'm excited about his optimistic, forward-looking approach to policy and his pledge to grow the Republican Party," Jennings said.
Jennings, who ran former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's losing 2012 battle in Ohio, was a key player in McConnell's overwhelming win over Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in last year's U.S. Senate race.
His firm, RunSwitch PR, handled the super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and the issues group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, both of which flooded the airways on McConnell's behalf.
A co-founder of the PR firm, Jennings does not plan to leave his position there.