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Colorado GOP announces new staffers to serve its new state chair

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 22, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

With former El Paso County Republican Party Chair Jeff Hays now in the saddle as state chair, he’ll need some able henchmen to do his bidding.

(Just to be clear, the henchmen reference is a joke. Hey, we could have called them minions. Which would have been a joke, as well.)

The announcement was made by one of the new hires, Daniel Cole, who was named communications director. Cole introduces himself as well as new state Political Director Adam Johnson in an e-letter to the media this afternoon. About his role, Cole writes:

The field of communications is constantly in flux. (Under Russia’s last tsar Nicholas II, the minister of communications was responsible for the supervision of railroads.) But my approach to media relations won’t change. Especially because I want the state party to play a larger part in the public discourse, I will always be happy to receive your calls. Be in touch when you’d like a comment from the party, an interview with the chairman, a recommendation as to whom you should approach on a given topic, or anything else I could conceivably provide.

So, Cole’s kind of a history buff. Or, maybe just a smark aleck. (Maybe he can get the proverbial trains to run on time even if he doesn’t literally supervise the railroads.)

Of Johnson, Cole writes:

He has been assisting Republican candidates in Colorado for 15 years, having first worked on Governor Bill Owens’s re-election campaign in 2002. Since then, Adam has helped with nearly a dozen candidate and issue campaigns. Adam agreed to serve as political director in order to ensure the Colorado GOP has a robust ground game headed into the 2018 election cycle.

Hays was elected Colorado party chair by the state Republican Central Committee on April 1.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.