Longtime Georgia political operative Paul Bennecke has been tapped by incoming Republican Governors Association chairman, and Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, to serve as executive director for the organization in the coming cycle.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Bennecke, who has advised the group off and on for several years now. From 2007 to 2010, he was the pro-GOP group’s political director, and he “ran the committee’s outside spending in three states during the most recent election cycle: Massachusetts, Kansas, and Georgia.”
Bennecke’s Peach State ties run deep. He aided former Governor Sonny Perdue’s bid in 2002, which culminated in a victory over Roy Barnes that shocked the political world. He was also Senator-elect David Perdue’s general consultant in the 2014 cycle.
“RGA is fortunate to have such a bright and talented individual helping lead the organization,” Haslam stated.
(H/t Politico’s Alex Burns.)