O’Keefe to Leave MDGOP; Frank Appointed as Successor
As first reported on Red Maryland Radio last night, Maryland Republican Party Executive Director Patrick O’Keefe will be leaving the state party in July. He will be replaced by Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee Vice-Chair Corine Frank.
Maryland GOP Chair Dirk Haire announced the decision to Central Committee members last night in an email obtained by Red Maryland:
From: Dirk Haire, Chairman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 7:55 PM
Subject: MDGOP Staff Change Announcement
Dear Central Committee Members,
Recently, Patrick O’Keefe informed me that a new opportunity had arisen and he would be leaving his position with the party. Patrick will be joining the online fundraising platform Anedot in mid-July as their Director of Customer Success, managing a team to support all of their political accounts and helping political organizations raise more money online. I want to thank Patrick for the last two and a half years he has served the party and am excited for him for his new opportunity.
We’ve had excellent continuity at the state party, and that will continue. I have chosen to hire Corine Frank as our new Executive Director. For those of you who don’t know Corine, she is the Vice Chair of the Anne Arundel County Central Committee and has served as our state party Rules Chair. She also served on the School Board Appointment Commission for County Executive Steve Schuh and as the Campaign Manager for County Councilman Nathan Volke’s successful election last year. I have confidence that she has an excellent understanding of our state party and will handle the role effectively.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday when the Vice President visits our Red, White, and Blue Dinner!
Maryland Matters was the first outlet to report the story in print, with credit to Red Maryland.
In a statement on Facebook, O’Keefe confirmed that July 12th would be his last day:
So the cat is out of the bag. July 12th will be my last day as Executive Director of the MDGOP. The past 2 1/2 years have been an amazing experience and I’m thankful for all the friends I have made. I’ve learned an immense amount from Dirk Haire, the most of all being to have patience and to stay calm. Adam Katora has been my right hand for most of my tenure at the MDGOP and is one of the most talented technical people I’ve ever met. I wish Corine Frank the best of luck in the role of ED. She’s been one of our best grassroots activists over the past few years and has amazing energy that’s needed for the role.
As the article mentions, I have accepted an offer from Anedot to become their Director of Customer Success for political accounts. I will be leading the effort to provide tactical support to their political accounts. I’ve been a customer of Anedot for many years and always respected their best in class service. After talking with CEO Paul Dietzel more over time, I realize why. Paul has an amazing vision and is a great leader. I’m truly thrilled to start working with him and the Anedot team.
For my Maryland friends: I will be working remotely and plan to stay in Maryland for the foreseeable future, so don’t be a ghost. Feel free to shoot me a message pick my brain or invite me to events. I’m a volunteer now in Maryland just like I started 😊
Corine Frank has not made a public statement yet regarding her new appointment, but will be a guest on the next episode of Red Maryland Radio next Thursday starting at 8 PM.