Shop Talk: RNC Names Chris McNulty as Political Director

Priebus announced the RNC's new political director. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee has tapped Chris McNulty to serve as its new political director.

“I am confident that Chris’s enthusiasm, energy, extensive political background at the state level, specifically in the areas of grassroots organization and ground game experience will prove invaluable as we move forward,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement released Monday.

McNulty comes from Speaker John A. Boehner's political organization, where he served as executive director. He moved up the ranks of GOP politics in his native Ohio and was a regional political director at the RNC from 2006 to 2010.

"I think he will be one of the best political directors that the RNC will have ever had," Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett told CQ Roll Call. "He understands the intersection of data and grass roots."

Priebus also thanked outgoing Political Director Rick Wiley.

"His guidance and knowledge was a critical asset as we worked alongside the Romney Campaign to make gains in the states for Republican candidates up and down the ticket," Priebus added.

This news follows the announcement last week that the RNC named Mike Shields, a top House GOP campaign aide, as its new chief of staff.

David M. Drucker contributed to this report.

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