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RNC - Union Leader: RNC's state "Victory" director has deep North Country roots 

NOTE: On the national level, the RNC this week announced a “Social Victory Center,” which it says is essentially a virtual campaign office, at www.Facebook.com/GOP.

In confirming Ward’s appointment, Priebus said, “The RNC is poised to run a comprehensive voter outreach and turnout operation in New Hampshire and I’m confident Brennan Ward will help ensure we make more phone calls, knock on more doors, and make more volunteer voter contacts than ever before.

“New Hampshire will be critical in the Path to 270 (the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency), and Brennan is the perfect person to move us forward to victory this November,” said Priebus in a statement.

“In the wake of three and a half years of President Obama’s failed policies and broken promises, the people of New Hampshire are ready for a change in Washington and Brennan is the start to a team that will demonstrate the RNC’s serious commitment to victory in November,” said Priebus.



Union Leader: RNC's state "Victory" director has deep North Country roots

John Distaso

May 8, 2012

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120508/NEWS0602/705039995

TUESDAY, MAY 8, UPDATE: “VICTORY” DIRECTOR WARD. The Republican National Committee has tapped a Granite State native with deep North Country roots to head its Victory Committee operation in the New Hampshire.

The Granite Status has learned Brennan Ward, the 27-year-old son of former state Rep. Brien Ward, will soon be announced by the RNC as the head of its general election campaign operations in this important, if small, swing state.

Ward, a graduate of Littleton High School and the University of New Hampshire, is also the grandson of the late 20-year state Rep. Kay Ward, who was the matriarch of a well-known political family in the Littleton area.

The hiring of Ward by the RNC follows our exclusive report last week that Mitt Romney’s campaign has hired a state general election campaign director, Phil Valenziano, and is gearing up its general election effort in New Hampshire.

The Romney campaign, RNC and New Hampshire Republican Party will work together as they face a formidable tandem of Democratic organizations in the Obama For America campaign, the Democratic National Committee’s general election operation and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

The Obama campaign has been operating in the state for about a year and the state party has added staff and a consultant in recent weeks and has been heavily funded by the DNC.

Dan Herman, a former defense department staffer, former Missouri state director for both Organizing for America in 2009-2010 and the Missouri Campaign for Change in 2008, has been the New Hampshire director of Organizing for America for about a month.

The Republicans, who have just come through a battle for the nomination, are trying playing catch-up with the Democrats organizationally in New Hampshire.

On the national level, the RNC this week announced a “Social Victory Center,” which it says is essentially a virtual campaign office, at www.Facebook.com/GOP.

Brennan Ward has spent most of his political career on campaigns in the Northeast and in Washington, D.C.

Most recently, he was the grassroots coordinator for the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Va., a well-known conservative public policy organization.

In 2010 election cycle, Ward was the RNC’s victory director in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a key swing county in a major swing state.

He worked at the RNC in Washington, D.C. from September 2009 to July 2010, focusing on strategy and political polling.

Previously, Ward worked at polling companies, including the Public Opinion Strategies, a top GOP firm. He focused on policy initiatives, organizing campaign message and tracking polls for U.S. Senate and House candidates.

Ward also worked on state and federal campaigns in Ohio and New Hampshire and has worked for two congressmen.

He has a master’s degree from George Washington University in addition to his bachelor’s degree from UNH.

In confirming Ward’s appointment, Priebus said, “The RNC is poised to run a comprehensive voter outreach and turnout operation in New Hampshire and I’m confident Brennan Ward will help ensure we make more phone calls, knock on more doors, and make more volunteer voter contacts than ever before.

“New Hampshire will be critical in the Path to 270 (the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency), and Brennan is the perfect person to move us forward to victory this November,” said Priebus in a statement.

“In the wake of three and a half years of President Obama’s failed policies and broken promises, the people of New Hampshire are ready for a change in Washington and Brennan is the start to a team that will demonstrate the RNC’s serious commitment to victory in November,” said Priebus.

The RNC plans to announce additional New Hampshire staff in the next few weeks. It will also open an office.

For now, Ward is headquartered at the state Republican Party office in Concord.

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