Under the Dome

Todd Poole named N.C. GOP executive director

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.

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