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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:10 pm

Messer picks Senate campaign leaders

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer has hired a former campaign manager for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to run his Senate campaign.

Messer, R-6th, announced Thursday that he also has named three co-chairs for his campaign, including the brother of Vice President Mike Pence.

Messer is among six candidates seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in the 2018 Indiana general election.

His campaign operation will be managed by Chasen Bullock, who has been a regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee since January after managing Paul's Senate re-election campaign last year and directing Paul's presidential campaign in South Carolina and Iowa in 2015-16. Paul dropped out of the GOP presidential race after finishing fifth in the Iowa caucuses, which started the primary election season, with 4.5 percent of the vote.

Bullock has worked on several other Republican congressional campaigns and for the campaigns of statewide candidates in Missouri and California. 

Chosen as Messer's campaign co-chairs were Greg Pence, a Columbus, Indiana, businessman who is the vice president's older brother; former Indiana Republican Party chairman Jim Kittle; and Jennifer Hallowell, a former executive director of the state GOP.

Pence had been Messer's campaign finance chairman and will be replaced in that job by Doug Rose of Indianapolis.