Super PAC involved in helping GOP House candidates hires former Romney staffer

06/25/2014 01:00 PM

As Republicans continue their efforts to “flip” the state House from Democratic control, a super PAC dedicated to that goal announced Wednesday they are expanding operations and bringing on a veteran of the Romney campaign to serve as executive director.

AmeriGOP, a super PAC started by Northern Kentucky Republican Richard Knock, announced the hire of Kentucky native Kathryn Breiwa Wednesday. In a press release, Knock explained that the former deputy director of external relations for Romney for President will manage fundraising and daily operations for the group.

Breiwa is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and served as an intern to Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell before working on the Romney campaign and most recently working for the Republican Party of Kentucky, which gives her close ties to the goal of the group.

“Kentucky is tired of watching conservative, business-friendly legislation killed at the hands of Greg Stumbo and his liberal buddies,” Breiwa said in the statement. “I am honored to take on this challenge with AmeriGOP, and we plan to be a serious force in flipping the state House and making Jeff Hoover Kentucky’s new Speaker.”

Knock announced in February that he would restart the super PAC after being dormant since 2012 since Knock used the group to support the candidacy of Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.

Agriculture Commissioner and potential Republican candidate in the 2015 governors race James Comer appeared with Knock at the announcement that the PAC would be rekindled. But both men told the Lexington Herald-Leader the 2015 race was not the mission of the group currently, it would focus on the House races.

AmeriGOP isn’t the only super PAC with 2015 ties that is working towards a GOP-controlled state House in 2014. Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner has formed his own group to help Republican candidates in their efforts.

As for former members of the Romney campaign working on the state House races, Beiwa isn’t the only one. Beiwa was one of a group of ten hires by the Republican Party of Kentucky more than a year ago to help with the 2014 elections which included RPK Spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper who also worked for the Romney campaign. Some of the other hires worked for the presidential campaign of Ron Paul, father of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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