Here's a look at some of the top aides, advisers, and supporters behind Rand Paul's presidential campaign:
Jesse Benton: Benton is so close to the Pauls, he's become a member of the family -- literally: The longtime confidant to both Ron and Rand Paul is married to Ron’s granddaughter. He worked in high-profile positions on the elder Paul’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and managed the younger Paul’s 2010 Senate run. Benton resigned as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager in 2014 amid a federal probe into an endorsement pay-to-play scheme surrounding endorsements in the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign. Benton has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Paul has vociferously defended him, and has said he will play a big part in the campaign, and he is, running his Super PAC.
Mike Biundo: Biundo will serve as a New England Strategist, based in New Hampshire. The co-founder of RightOn Strategies, Biundo was Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign manager in 2012 and became a coalitions director for Mitt Romney after Santorum dropped out. He has worked on Senate races for candidates including Sam Clovis in Iowa and Frank Guinta in New Hampshire.
Rex Elsass: Paul’s media consultant. He is CEO of the Strategy Group for Media, an organization that once employed Paul’s wife, Kelley.
Chip Englander: Englander will manage Paul’s campaign. He comes to the Paul camp after helping guide Republican Bruce Rauner to victory in the Illinois gubernatorial race, a decisive win in President Obama's home state. Englander has mostly worked in politics in his native California.
Sergio Gor: Gor is Paul’s campaign spokesman and comes from his Senate communications shop. He is a former aide to Michelle Bachmann and has worked at Fox News.
Vincent Harris: Paul’s digital guru is based in Austin, where he runs Harris Media. Hailed as the “Man who invented the Republican Internet” by Bloomberg, Harris comes to the campaign from Sen. Ted Cruz’s shop. He also worked on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign and did digital strategy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory last month.
Chris LaCivita: A former Marine and political operative known for his bare-knuckles, win at all costs style, LaCivita will be a national adviser to Paul. National Republicans dispatched LaCivita to Kansas last year to help rescue the then-floundering reelection campaign of Sen. Pat Roberts (R). LaCivita, the chief political strategist for former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, is perhaps best known as the architect of the Swift Boat ads that questioned John Kerry’s Vietnam service.
Eleanor May: A campaign spokeswoman, the Alabama native comes from Paul’s Senate communications operation.
Nate Morris: A Kentucky businessman, Morris has links to the Republican establishment – and its money. He has been introducing Paul to deep-pocketed donors around the country for the past few years. He co-founded Rubicon Global, whose website says it is using data analytics to transform the trash industry.
Steve Munistieri: Munistieri and Paul go back to the 1980s, when Munistieri founded the Young Conservatives of Texas and Paul became leader of the Baylor University chapter. Munisteri recently resigned as chair of the Texas Republican Party so he could serve as a senior adviser on Paul’s presidential campaign.
Ron Paul: It remains to be seen how much of a public role the former congressman and three-time presidential candidate (twice as a Republican, once as a Libertarian) will have in his son's campaign -- but even if he never headlined a single Rand Paul 2016 event, he'd still be an inescapable presence on the campaign trail, with his son likely to be confronted by his positions past and present. Take the scene The Post's David Fahrenthold observed earlier this year:
Rand Paul wants to lead the United States. On Saturday in Texas, his father was speaking at a conference about how to leave it.
“A lot of times people think secession, they paint it as an absolute negative,” said former representative Ron Paul (R-Tex.). After all, Paul said, the American Revolution was a kind of secession. “You mean we should have been obedient to the king forever? So it’s all in the way you look at it.”
AJ Spiker: Paul’s man in Iowa. He is the former state Republican party chair. A real estate agent, Spiker chaired Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign in the state.
Doug Stafford: Stafford is Paul’s top political adviser. He has been the executive director of Paul’s PAC since 2013, sketching out the path to Tuesday’s announcement. Stafford started working for Paul in 2009 during his Senate run, and quickly became one of Pauls’ most trusted advisers; he was later named his Senate chief of staff. Stafford also worked as the vice president of the National Right to Work Committee.
John Yob: Yob is Paul’s national political director and chief Michigan strategist. Based in Grand Rapids, Yob heads up Strategic National Consulting. He is a presidential campaign veteran, having worked for John McCain and Rick Santorum. He also helped Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R ) win a long-shot campaign in 2010.
More Rand Paul reading: