Former Vice President Mike Pence’s political operation has poached Tim Chapman, a top aide to former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, two Republican sources with knowledge of the move confirmed.
Both Pence and Haley are considering bids to run for the White House in 2024.
For the first time, Griffin’s transfer to Pence’s team was reported Politics.
Chapman, who served as executive director of Haley’s PAC, Stand for America, will now move to Pence’s Advancing American Freedom.
“Tim Chapman is one of the brightest stars in the conservative movement, and we are so excited to have him join the team to advance the cause of American culture, American opportunity and American leadership,” Pence said in a statement to CBS News.
“I am grateful for the time I spent with Nikki Haley and her dedicated team,” Chapman said in a statement. “Advancing American Freedom is one of the fastest-growing and most influential conservative groups in the country, and I’m excited to join the incredible team building AAF as a leader in common-sense conservative politics that will help rebuild America.”
When asked Thursday on Fox News about a potential bid for the White House, Haley appeared to make it clear that she was inclined to run.
“We need to go in a new direction,” she said. “Can I be this leader? Yes, I think I can be that kind of leader.”
In a statement provided to CBS News Friday night, Betsy Ankney, executive director of Stand For America, said, “Tim Chapman is wonderful, and we’re glad he’s found a great place to continue championing conservative policy ideas.”
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