Pa. GOP appoints new executive director

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has a new executive director who will be a familiar face to party insiders.

 Bob Bozzuto was promoted from deputy director of the state GOP, and before that he had been in charge of the party’s statewide political operations. Bozzuto takes over from Michael Barley, who earlier this month became campaign manager for Gov. Corbett’s reelection effort.

 “Bob has been a key member of my team since 2007 and strategically led our political and campaign efforts that helped to elect Governor Corbett, U.S. Senator Toomey, 13 congressmen, majorities in the State Senate, State House, State Appellate Courts and 51 County Courthouses,” state Republican Chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement Thursday announcing the appointment. 

 Prior to joining state committee, Bozzuto, 32, served as a legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and also was an adviser in the latter’s 2006 campaign. He lives in Cumberland County with his wife Alicia, and their son, Blase.

 “I am excited to do my part to take our party operations to the next level to elect Republicans up and down the ticket,” Bozzuto said.