Word down on West Washington is that new GOP Chairman Randy Pullen has completed his national search for an Executive Director and will be hiring Sean McCaffrey, an experienced campaign director and fundraiser. A Google search for McCaffrey provides us with the following biography. If this is true, it should be good news for GOP faithful as this guy looks like he really knows what he is doing.
Sean McCaffrey is a veteran of campaigns and elections with more than a decade of experience at the federal, state and local levels since 1992. In addition to consulting on top U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial races across the country, Sean was a partner in the strategic political and fundraising consulting firm of MKM Strategies, where he directed public affairs, strategic research and political practices.
Sean served as Political Director of the Washington State Republican Party, where he helped engineer breakthrough developments in GOP grassroots and issue advocacy efforts for the 2002 elections and beyond utilizing a landmark voter identification and targeting system now implemented by national and state political parties. These efforts, and a successful fundraising program, successfully reclaimed control of the State Senate and helped elect Republicans to a majority of the state’s county offices.
Previously, Sean served as Senior Information Officer in the Washington State House of Representatives. He was also appointed by Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed to the Washington State Elections Administration and Certification Board.
In 1999, Sean was the Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Freedom Alliance, a Dulles, VA, educational non-profit organization, where he also served as an aide to LtCol Oliver North, founder of Freedom Alliance, assisting with Col. North’s nationally syndicated column, radio show and television show, “Equal Time,” on MSNBC.
In the 1998 election cycle, Sean served as Deputy Research Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in Washington, DC. There, he supervised campaign issue and message development for candidates for the U.S. House, and provided strategic research, training and consulting services to more than 110 congressional campaigns around the nation.
Sean is also a former Senior Political Analyst and Political Communications Director for the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) in Washington, DC, providing political consulting services to a majority of Fortune 500 companies, the national business community and leading national associations and organizations. His record-setting political fundraising operation also brought in $10.4 million for more than 100 pro-business congressional candidates in the 1996 election cycle.
Sean McCaffrey is the author and editor of the NRCC’s 1998 Issue Book, a comprehensive issue/message guide for congressional candidates, and is the co-author and editor of Forward Thinking, a trade book published by BIPAC to educate American businesses about successful involvement in campaigns and elections. He also co-wrote and edited Elections-In-Sight, BIPAC’s monthly analysis of congressional and state elections for the national business community.
Sean is a member of the National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals, and is an instructor at the Republican National Committee Campaign Management School and other political workshops. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Sean is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He resides in Virginia.