Congresswoman Virginia Foxx's former chief of staff is taking the helm at the N.C. Republican Party.
Todd Poole will serve as executive director, managing the day-to-day party activities and staff for GOP Chairman Claude Pope.
Poole is a Hickory native who recently opened his own political consulting firm, Red Dome Group. Most recently her served on Foxx's staff and previously worked as an aide to then-Congressman Richard Burr. He also worked in North Carolina on the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004.
“We are excited to welcome Todd as the new Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party,” Pope said in a statement Monday. “Todd’s experience, knowledge of the state and political instincts will serve our party well as we work to elect Republicans at all levels of government with a keen eye on defeating Senator Kay Hagan in 2014.”
The party's Central Committee selected Poole at its July meeting in Wilmington. Poole started work a week ago alongside former party Chief of Staff Mike Rusher. In an interview, Rusher said he is pursuing other opportunities.
It's not uncommon for a new party chairman to bring in a new executive director. Gov. Pat McCrory recently named Poole to the state's Chiropractic Examiner's Board.