Townhall.com White House correspondent Conn Carroll has been tapped to be Sen. Mike Lee's new communications director, the Utah Republican's office announced Monday afternoon.
"As far as goals and challenges, Lee is a unique senator," Carroll told the Washington Examiner's media desk, referring to his expectations for working for the freshman senator. Lee's "goals are long-term. He knows Washington cannot change overnight. He is looking to build a consensus around a limited government agenda that can be implemented down the road."
"From higher education, to transportation, to tax policy, his name has been attached to the most creative conservative ideas over the last five years. That is not an accident. I am thrilled to be a part of the effort to translate those ideas into law," Carroll said.
Townhall Media is one of the many right-leaning online groups, including Twitchy, RedState and Hot Air, that is owned by Salem Communications.
"I am thrilled to have Conn join my staff as communications director," Lee said in a statement. "For years Conn has worked at the intersection of policy, politics and communications, and his extensive experience will make him an invaluable addition to my team."
"As we continue to advance positive policy reforms that create opportunity for all Americans, Conn will help connect the work that we do here in Washington to the people of Utah."
Carroll, who has training in law, distinguished himself in January by being the first White House correspondent for Townhall, a right-of-center website and print magazine.
Carroll said at the time of his appointment to the White House position that his focus would be "on fact checking what the president says, holding him accountable for his statements...trying to keep the White House honest."
"I couldn't be more excited about covering the White House for Townhall. President Obama has already shown he plans to be busy his final two years, and I can't wait to tell the story," he said.
Carroll's previous work includes a stint as Townhall Magazine editor. Before that, he worked as an editorial editor for the Washington Examiner, wrote for National Journal and served as the assistant director for strategic communications at the Heritage Foundation.
"I think a law background is a huge leg up for anyone who works in the policy arena," Carroll told the Examiner, referring to his past work experience and the reason why Lee sought him out. "Not only does it better train your reading and thinking skills but it gives you a strong historical background for how many policies evolved over the years."
"Fluency in modern media is essential for any communications director," he added. "There are many lawyers, but my experience in communications, both at Heritage and in journalism, is what put me on Lee's radar."