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State GOP executive director stepping down to run DeSantis Senate campaign



Brad Herold, executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, is stepping down to run Rep. Ron DeSantis' U.S. Senate campaign.

Beginning Jan. 16, after Herold's last day, RPOF Director of Party Development George Riley will become acting executive director, according to a statement released by the party Sunday afternoon.

DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, announced Herold's hiring as campaign manager earlier Sunday, citing his experience running campaigns and working for big-name Republicans in Florida and elsewhere. Herold was named executive director of RPOF in March 2015 and before that was deputy state director for Sen. Marco Rubio, whose seat DeSantis hopes to fill.

"Brad is an experienced manager and strategist who has a strong work ethic and deep Florida roots," DeSantis said in a statement.

Herold previously worked for Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford. He ran RPOF campaigns under former majority leader Adam Hasner.

"Brad Herold has played a vital role of our State Party’s preparation for the 2016 election and has been an instrumental part of the dynamic team that continues to reform and expand our great party," RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "We're grateful for his hard work and want to congratulate him on his new role"

Herold joins the DeSantis campaign just months from a hotly contested Republican primary to fill Rubio's seat in the U.S. Senate. DeSantis is running against fellow Rep. David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and businessman Todd Wilcox.

Riley has been with RPOF since 2008 working as political director, among other roles.

"His experience will be a key asset as we continue to grow our operations to ensure that we deliver Florida's 29 electoral votes to the Republican presidential nominee," Ingoglia said.

RPOF has not explained any plans for Herold's permanent replacement.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:18pm]


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