As Republicans gear up for 2014 and the governor’s race, the state party set its top staff this week. The roster includes several familiar faces.
Nicholas Trainer, 24, originally of Berks County, will be the party’s State Field Director. The position coordinated PAGOP efforts with those of the Republican National Committee.
His resume includes work as Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-Allegheny) Political Director, time with Toomey for Senate in 2010, and some brief stints on presidential campaigns in New Hampshire.
“We are fortunate to enjoy a strong partnership with the RNC, and I am pleased to continue working with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to deliver Republican victories throughout Pennsylvania,” party Chairman Rob Gleason said. “We look forward to working with the RNC to build the largest and most vibrant grassroots operation our Commonwealth has ever seen.”
There has been relatively little turnover at both state parties post-2012 as Democrats and Republicans have promoted from within.
Trainer replaces Peter Towey, who filled a similar role in the 2012 cycle as the RNC’s Victory Director in Pa. Trainer was Towey’s deputy last cycle.
Towey is now the PAGOP’s Political Director. There, he coordinates the party’s efforts with other stakeholders including legislative caucus campaign committees, the Governor and others.
He, in turn, replaced Bob Bozzuto, who was promoted to Executive Director in April when previous ED Mike Barley moved over to become Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign manager.
The PAGOP’s primary role in 2014 will be Corbett’s re-election. Its staff and resources will function as a partner and extension of the campaign, as is the case any time a governor is a member of either state party.