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RNC names new California state director

The Republican National Committee, working in partnership with the California Republican Party, announced Tuesday it has hired 23-year-old San Diego campaign operative Clinton Soffer as the party’s state director for California.

Clinton SofferSoffer’s mandate is oversee GOP field operations as the besieged California party works to rebuild from the ground up.

“We are thrilled to welcome Clinton on board; his expertise and experience will be an asset to our team as we look forward to 2014 and beyond,” said state party chairman Jim Brulte said in a news release. “I’m confident Clinton will help us build a formidable ground operation to compete for every vote, register new voters, and expand our outreach efforts into new communities across the state.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said they’re “building the most expansive field program the GOP has ever seen, and we’re doing it earlier than ever before.”

“Republicans have never made this kind of investment in an off year. The RNC will be in communities engaging with and listening to voters where they live, work, and worship–not months, but years before Election Day,” he said. “Our state directors will play key roles in building a permanent field operation to be successful in elections this year, in 2014, in 2016, and beyond.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Soffer got his political start working on a pair of San Diego City Council races in 2008; he then served as political director of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County for the 2010 primary, and of the San Diego GOP for that year’s general election.

Soffer managed Scott Sherman’s 2012 primary race for San Diego City Council, in which Sherman narrowly won the race outright without any further runoff; he then managed former Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia’s unsuccessful race for the state Senate last November. He also has worked as a staffer for several San Diego officials and state lawmakers.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    My deepest sympathies, Mr Soffer

  • JohnW

    At least the Republicans are filling up their ranks with younger talent, misguided as the young roosters may be. Dem party — state and national — looks like an assisted living facility. Hate to admit it, but it’s the truth.