Watson cleans house at Georgia Republican Party

[private]The newly elected chairman of the state Republican Party has made sweeping changes in the party’s administrative positions.

John Watson announced Wednesday that GOP campaign operative Carmen Foskey will be the party’s new executive director, replacing Adam Liptak.

Foskey has run campaigns for Eddie DeLoach, who was elected mayor of Savannah in 2015, and for U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in his 2016 re-election effort.

“Carmen’s no stranger to the grit and elbow grease required of a professional turnaround operation,” Watson said. “Her constant campaign mentality will be an asset as the Georgia Republican Party builds a matchless political machine in advance of 2018.”

Watson is also bringing in Leigh Ann Gillis, formerly a fundraiser for Sonny and David Perdue, to serve as finance director of the financially troubled party. Controller Karen Hentschel will continue as the party’s accounting director.

Other departing staffers include Brad Hughes, Leo Smith, and Lisa Kinnemore. Smith is reportedly planning to run for the state Senate seat that Hunter Hill is giving up to run for governor.

“As the past executive director, Adam Pipkin has worked hard over the last four years to ensure success for the party and our candidates,” Watson said. “His incredible energy and strategic thinking have been extraordinarily valuable to our organization.”

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