Virginia GOP Has New Director
Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, announced today that Allison Coccia will be the new executive director of the party.
Coccia is the former executive director of the New York Republican State Committee and has also been the political director of Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In both jobs, her task was complicated by an electorate that had soured on the GOP brand.
"After a thorough search that entailed interviewing several outstanding candidates, I concluded that Allison offers us a proven record at improving fundraising, communications, and building the grassroots," Frederick said.
Coccia replaces Charles E. Judd, who resigned earlier this month after Frederick unseated former lieutenant governor John H. Hager as chairman
Frederick said Coccia came well recommended from GOP officials in New York and Pennsylvania.
Coccia took over in New York in December 2006, shortly after the party was routed during the 2006 governor's race and also lost congressional and legislative seats.
Frederick said in an email Coccia "did some incredible things in New York" including "walking into a financially challenged party that was contemplating selling their headquarters" but leaving "it with nearly a million dollars in the bank."
"New York's loss is Virginia's gain," New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said in a statement.
According to the New York Daily News, Coccia resigned her job in New York earlier this month.
"This move is seen as recognition on (New York) state Chairman Joe Mondello's part that preserving the Senate majority this fall is tantamount and might require more insider knowledge of New York than Coccia, the former political director of the Pennsylvania GOP, was able to provide," wrote Daily News reporter Elizabeth Benjamin.
In Pennsylvania, Coccia served as political director during the 2006 election, when voters ousted former U.S. senator Rick Santorum (R) and four GOP members of the House, and reelected Democrat Ed Rendell as governor.
"Allison and I worked very closely in Pennsylvania during 2006, one of the most difficult years in decades for Republicans. As the political director, despite overwhelming odds, she was able to guide our Victory program to second in the nation," said Scott Migli, former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania "The Virginia GOP has made a great choice."
Coccia also worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania House Republican Campaign Committee.
In recent weeks, Frederick has also hired Tom Bunnell as the party's campaign chief and Gerry Scimeca as the communications director.
June 27, 2008; 11:35 AM ET
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