Mitt Romney has picked up a spokesman to handle the media crush as he considers running for President – and he’s a familiar name on the New Hampshire political scene.
Colin Reed, who last year was Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s campaign manager, is now Romney’s volunteer “media liaison,” assigned to handle the crush of media inquiries directed a Romney from reporters nationally as the 2012 GOP presidential nominee appears to be moving toward a third run for the White House.
Reed said Wednesday that he was being immediately dispatched to be with Romney on Friday in San Diego as Romney delivers much-anticipated remarks to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting.
“I got my start working for Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts, and I’m excited to be working with him again,” Reed said. “He’s a great leader for our party, and he cares deeply about the future of America.”
While Romney himself has deep knowledge of New Hampshire, having had a second in Wolfeboro home here for many years and having run in the New Hampshire presidential primary twice, Reed’s first campaign in the state was with Brown. Although Brown lost to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, he has been credited with having run a strong effort, focusing on national issues as well as on retail campaigning.
Reed’s first position in politics was as an intern in Romney’s governor’s office in Massachusetts in 2006. He was hired by Ryan Williams, who was then Romney’s Director of Media Services office.
Reed then was a communications staffer on Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. After Romney dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination, he then went to John McCain’s campaign where he was rapid response director for vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Reed was deputy press secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee until February 2010, when he became Brown’s U.S. Senate office press secretary. He was communications director for Brown’s unsuccessful reelection bid in Massachusetts in 2012 and then was the deputy press secretary in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office from March 2013 until April 2014, when he left to manage Brown’s 2014 campaign.