Holding onto PA.
The Republican National Committee has hired Brittney Robinson as Pennsylvania’s State Director to work with Trump Victory and GOP 2020 candidates up and down the ballot. Robinson was most recently the RNC’s Pennsylvania State Director for the 2018 midterm election. Prior to her roles in Pennsylvania politics, Robinson was the RNC Deputy Director for the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District and served as the Operations Coordinator for the RNC Political Department in 2016.
The initial rollout from the RNC last week included Pennsylvania and eight others with state directors thus far.
The RNC also announced nine regional political directors for the 2020 campaign. Pennsylvania, falling under the Mid-Atlantic region with Michigan, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C., will be led by Jon Black. He most recently served as the RNC’s Director of Turnout and Targeting in 2016.
The regional communications team will be overseen by Rick Gorka, a former communications staffer on Mitt Romney’s 2012 Republican presidential bid. Gorka most recently served as a deputy communications director at the RNC last cycle.
The Trump campaign and the RNC expressed their enthusiasm with these hires as the 2020 election approaches.
“The continued enthusiasm for President Trump coupled with our enormously successful first-quarter fundraising haul allows us to increase our investment in key states,” Brad Parscale, Campaign Manager for DJTFP 2020 and Ronna McDaniel, RNC Chairwoman said in a statement. As we head into 2020, we are expanding upon our massive ground game and communications efforts from 2016 to be the largest effort ever undertaken by a Presidential campaign.”
These hires are also tasked with helping GOP candidates up and down the ballot in 2020 in addition to Trump’s campaign.
Trump will be holding his first rally in Pennsylvania in 2019 this Monday in Montoursville.
Four 2020 Democratic hopefuls have made campaign appearances in the state thus far, with former Vice President Joe Biden holding his campaign kickoff rally in Philadelphia this Saturday.
This story was updated to include that those mentioned are paid by the RNC and will handle candidates up and down the ballot in addition to Trump’s 2020 campaign in Pennsylvania.