Trump campaign Florida chief Karen Giorno seeks national Republican post - Florida Politics

Trump campaign Florida chief Karen Giorno seeks national Republican post

Karen Giorno, a former Donald Trump campaign senior adviser and Florida campaign director, announced Friday she is a candidate to be the state’s National Republican committeewoman for the Republican National Committee.

Giorno’s candidacy comes after the Republican Party of Florida’s previous national committeewoman, Sharon Day, stepped down in August to serve as U. S. ambassador to Costa Rica.

“I congratulate my friend Sharon Day as she begins her new role as United States Ambassador to Costa Rica and thank her for her leadership and contribution to the RPOF and the RNC,” Giorno said in a statement she released. “I am excited to run for National committeewoman and offer my talents to the Republican Party as we continue to build on our victory from the November 2016 election.”

Giorno’s career has spanned three decades in the political world, as a consultant and operative working with presidential candidates and campaigns, four American presidents, and the governor of Florida. She was the first female state director for the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign, serving that role in Florida from October 2015 to March 2016.

After leading that historic primary win, Giorno was promoted by Trump to the position of southeast regional political director, overseeing the delegate operations of eleven states from March to June 2016.

Once the national campaign was in full swing, she was again promoted by Trump to senior campaign adviser and Florida chief strategist from July to September 2016 to prepare the state for the general election. As the campaign shifted gears once more, she was elevated to the national leadership team and moved to Trump Tower in New York City as a senior adviser and director of voter engagement for Trump coalitions. In that role, Giorno was responsible for mobilizing targeted voter blocks and women voters in the pivotal swing states.

“In these challenging times, our core beliefs are being tested every day, and I intend to fight with the same passion, energy, and drive used to help guide the President to his historic victory in the Florida primary, the Florida General Election and across this great nation,” Giorno said.

“I have the organizational, strategic, and fundraising skills honed over three decades in politics, that will help advance our Conservative Agenda and lead the way to new Republican victories in Florida and throughout the 50 states.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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