Pa. GOP Executive Director Mike Barley will take the reins of Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election effort as Campaign Manager, PoliticsPA has learned.
Barley emailed party leaders to inform them of his transition.
“Effective April 15, 2013, I will be leaving my current position as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and transitioning to the role of Campaign Manager for Governor Corbett’s and Lt. Governor Cawley’s reelection campaign,” he wrote.
“I want to thank all of you for your commitment to our Party, your hard work, guidance and most of all your friendship. We have all tasted victory and suffered defeats at the ballot box, but the friendships and relationships I have made here at the Party are what I will remember most of all.”
The move portends a significant degree of cooperation between Corbett and the state party, par for the course when an incumbent Governor is on the ballot.
It’s the first announced hire for the Governor’s re-election effort, and none too soon. Poor poll numbers have underscored Corbett’s need for a robust campaign – and an early start.
April 1 marked the start of a new quarter and numerous campaigns began gearing up this week.
Barley, 34, served as PAGOP communications director in the 2010 cycle and was promoted to ED in early 2011.
Corbett’s 2010 effort was managed by Brian Nutt.