Brian Jones, a veteran of five presidential campaigns, has joined Mitt Romney’s senior strategy team as the former Massachusetts governor makes his final push in advance of the start of votes in the presidential race next month.
“The Romney camp is very excited to have Brian join our team,” said communications director Gail Gitcho. “He will be an incredible asset to the team as we work over the next several months to win the nomination.”
Jones will be used as a utility player, involved in most aspects of the organization. He has previously served as communications director at the Republican National Committee and for Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.
Jones will be remain based in Alexandria,Virginia where he is a partner in the Black Rock Group, a Republican consulting firm that helps to run Romney’s “Restore our Future” super PAC. Jones has been walled off from any knowledge of the super PAC or its activities since July in anticipation that he might formally join the Romney campaign at some point, according to sources familiar with the arrangement.
Jones and Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades have a long history together, having both worked for President Bush’s 2004 re-election bid and for the Republican National Committee.
Jones was also one of the Fix’s top free-agent political operatives heading into the 2012 campaign.