Marc Short, a political adviser for the Koch brothers, has joined Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign for president, according to a report from Politico’s Mike Allen.
Short is currently the president of the Koch group Freedom Partners and resigned to join the Rubio team.
According to Allen’s report, Short is well connected with grassroots organizers and donors and has a depth of knowledge about how to crunch campaign data.
In 2014, Short was cited as one of the top recruits for a presidential campaign.
“If I could have Karl Rove or Marc Short to run a presidential campaign today, I’d take Marc Short,” one campaign source told Politico. “He understands all the technical tools available to a modern campaign and how to apply them to the nominating process. He also has a deep understanding of the political dynamics of the GOP base vote.”
Short’s decision comes as many Washington D.C. Republicans are rallying around Rubio’s campaign in what’s seen as a potential last stand against Donald Trump.