Another new edition at the top of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
Jeff Bartos, the 2018 GOP candidate for Lt. Governor and Montgomery County Republican Committeeman, will be taking over as the PAGOP Finance Committee Chairman.
“Jeff has been a very successful fundraiser for conservative candidates and causes across Pennsylvania and throughout the nation” said PAGOP Chair Lawrence Tabas in a release about the appointment. “He will play a key role in strengthening the party and our efforts.”
The release from the state party on Tuesday afternoon announced that Jim Shultz, a partner at Cozen O’Connor who had a stint as a senior associate White House counsel for President Donald Trump, resigned from the role as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Shultz also previously served as general counsel under former Gov. Tom Corbett from July 2012-November 2014. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Republican Party tells PoliticsPA that Shultz officially resigned from the role on August 6 to “focus efforts on raising money for President Trump’s re-election and the congressional races in 2020” adding that he will continue to assist the PAGOP’s efforts to elect judicial candidates as well. The release from the party about the appointment of Bartos included a thank you from Tabas to Shultz saying the state party “thanks him for his service and wish him great success in his future endeavours.”
In the release, Bartos thanked Tabas for the opportunity to serve in this role and thanked Shultz for his leadership in the party as well.
“I am grateful to my friend Jim Schultz for his leadership and commitment to the Republican Party, and I am grateful to Chairman Tabas for this opportunity to serve the women and men who work tirelessly throughout the year to strengthen the Republican Party at the local, County and State levels,” Bartos said in a statement.
Bartos cruised in the four candidate Pennsylvania GOP primary race for lieutenant governor in 2018, but his ticket with Scott Wagner at the top lost by double digits to Gov. Tom Wolf and now Lt. Gov. John Fetterman this past November.
After coming up short in the 2018 gubernatorial election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Bartos has “sparked speculation about his next political move.” Bartos told PoliticsPA at PA Society that “if the right opportunity presented itself” he would seek another statewide office or where he saw an appropriate fit.
Bartos recently shot out a fundraising email after the second Democratic presidential debate in late July saying the Democratic Party is “no longer your father’s (or mother’s)” party, while blasting them for “supporting socialism- an ideology of misery and failure.”
Since the election of Tabas as party Chair in mid July, the PAGOP has also appointed a new treasurer, Compliance Officer, and Executive Director, while announcing the departures of the state Communications Director and Political Director.
This story was updated to include the date of Shultz’s resignation and his future plans.