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Brad Herold leaving Florida GOP to join Ron DeSantis Senate campaign

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Brad Herold is exiting his post as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida to serve as the campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’s Senate bid.

George Riley will take over January 16 as Acting Executive Director of the RPOF.

Herold, a former deputy state director in Marco Rubio’s Senate office, has served as RPOF executive director since May. His hiring part of a widespread shake-up in the wake of the election of party chair Blaise Ingoglia.

Herold’s move was first reported by POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon

In the 2014 election cycle, Herold managed Mike McFadden’s Senate campaign in Minnesota against incumbent U.S. Sen. Al Franken. He has also run campaigns for the RPOF and former Florida House Leader Adam Hasner, as well as holding positions in the administrations of both Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.

“Working for the Republican Party of Florida has been a great experience,” Herold told POLITICO. “I want to thank Blaise for the opportunity.”

Changes came in January after Ingoglia defeated Leslie Dougher, a party establishment favorite endorsed by Scott.

“Brad has played a vital role in our State Party’s preparation for the 2016 election,” Ingoglia said Saturday in a statement. “[He] has been an instrumental part of the dynamic team that continues to reform and expand our great party. We’re grateful for his hard work and want to congratulate him on his new role.”

In Florida’s Republican Senate primary, DeSantis faces U.S. Rep. David Jolly, businessman Todd Wilcox and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Dixon writes that Herold’s role in the Senate race will be to help Republicans hold the seat vacated by Rubio, his old boss.

“And as the front-runner for the Republican US Senate nomination,” Herold said. “Ron DeSantis is our best chance to do this.”

“Casey and I are excited to have Brad on our team,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Brad is an experienced manager and strategist who has a strong work ethic and deep Florida roots.”

DeSantis says Herold will help his campaign build a “grassroots network of thousands of Floridians who want to keep Americans safe from threats at home and abroad, shake up the status quo in Washington, and rescue the country from its current malaise.”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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