Mitt Romney with Colin Reed in 2008

Jan 15, 2015 12:52 PM

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CONCORD - On his first day on the job for his old boss, Colin Reed's packing his bags for a flight to San Diego.

Reed started work Thursday helping Mitt Romney with media relations, as the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee starts to gear up toward a possible third run for the White House.

Reed tells NH1 News that he'll "be helping out on a volunteer basis handling press inquiries and media."

His first task is to immediately head out to San Diego for Friday night's address by Romney to members of the Republican National Committee at their annual winter meeting. Reed tells NH1 that he'll "staff the governor's speech."

That address will be the first time Romney's talked publicly since last week's news that he told top donors and supporters at a meeting in New York City that he was seriously mulling another presidential campaign.

The Massachusetts native worked in then-Gov. Romney's press office and served as deputy director of rapid response for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

"I got my start working for Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts, and I'm excited to be working with him again. He's a great leader for our party, and he cares deeply about the future of America," Reed said.

Reed was part of the team at the National Republican Senatorial Committee that assisted Scott Brown (who was a Massachusetts state lawmaker at the time) in his upset victory in the January 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kenney. Following the election, Reed served in Brown's Senate office and was communications director for Brown's 2012 re-election campaign. Brown ended up losing that election to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Reed then joined Chris Christie's team, serving as deputy communications director in the New Jersey governor's press office in Trenton. Christie is also seriously mulling a 2016 presidential bid.

Last April, Reed moved to New Hampshire to rejoin Brown, managing his old boss's 2014 Senate challenge to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

CNN was first to report on Reed's new position.


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