Poole’s move back to D.C. seen as strategic for the GOP

IMG_1172.JPGRALEIGH – North Carolina’s role in the national 2016 elections is expected to be critical as candidates and staff members jockey for position in the state’s political landscape. Today’s announcement of Todd Poole as the new Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) highlights the efforts. As the former executive director at N.C. GOP, Poole played a big part in helping the Republicans keep a supermajority in the General Assembly. His move back to Washington D.C. is being well received among the state’s Republican political players. He already served on the national stage for Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), so he is expected to hit the ground running.

Jonathan Felts

Jonathan Felts

“As a former constituent of his last Hill boss, I can speak from experience that Todd Poole places top value on constituent service,” said Republican political consultant Jonathan Felts. “Politically speaking, Todd’s tenure at the N.C. GOP saw big victories across the board, not just at the U.S. Senate level, and Todd deserves a lot of credit for those wins. He leaves the N.C. GOP with a great reputation and a Rolodex filled with key Republican activists across North Carolina. Hudson – and the rest of the N.C. congressional delegation – are all ambitious. Having Todd on board is a big advantage for Team Hudson.”

His departure does leave a void in the executive ranks at N.C.GOP as the Central Committee combs resumes for potential replacements. The new executive director will play a critical role in 2016 as the state gets the spotlight from 17 GOP presidential candidates and has Governor Pat McCrory and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) up for re-election.

“Poole has a long history of running efficient operations that get results,” said Mike Rusher, a former N.C. GOP staffer. “He will undoubtedly be missed at N.C. GOP headquarters, where he has left some incredibly large shoes to fill.”

The national news spotlight will already be focused on North Carolina tomorrow as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is scheduled to tour a manufacturing plan in Garner. Afterward he will speak publicly about his economic platform that his campaign says will build the foundation for skilled job growth and raising middle-class incomes.