The House Democratic Campaign Committee filled a top staff position Friday. Its new Political Director Matt Goldfine managed freshman state Rep. Brian Sims’ (D-Phila) insurgent primary campaign in 2012.
He already has a raport with HDCC Chair Tim Briggs (D-Montco): he was the state Rep.’s Chief of Staff for several years.
“I’m very excited to have Matt on board,” said Briggs. “He brings great fundraising experience and a strategic vision to the table. We work very well together and his skills will definitely help complement everything we have planned for HDCC this cycle.”
Goldfine worked on State Sen. Daylin Leach’s (D-Montco) campaign in 2008. He will be split between HDCC, where he’ll help the committee with political outreach and recruitment in eastern Pa., and Briggs’s campaign.
Sims, the first openly gay person ever elected to the state legislature, narrowly defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Phila) last year. PoliticsPA named him to our list of political Rising Stars: Top 30 Under 30.
In other staff news, Ethan Smith is staying on as Executive Director for the 2014 cycle. Deputy Executive Director Marty Santalucia will also remain on board, as will Operations Director Matt Cleckner.
On the other side of the aisle, Chair Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Executive Director Chad Weaver are staying in place at the helm of the House Republican Campaign Committee. Sheila Flickinger will remain Finance Director.
2012 Political Director Adam Maust moved on to GOP firm Red Maverick Media and 2012 Field Director Brian Rengert has taken his place. Deputy Political Director Josiah Frederick is now the Director Operations.
2014 is a year of challenges for House Democrats, who didn’t shrink their 110 to 92 minority in the chamber in 2012.
The biggest challenge of all for HDCC isn’t Democrats or Republicans, it’s the Pa. Supreme Court. The state still awaits a final decision on the latest redistricted state House map. And although the Court is expected to uphold the most recent version, in the meantime it will be tougher to recruit candidates for seats that aren’t yet definitive.
An additional X-factor is PA-13. With lost of interest in Allyson Schwartz’s now open seat, HDCC will face a lot of competition for southeast Pa. donors who are being solicited by congressional contenders. One of the hopefuls is state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila), who chaired HDCC in 2012.