RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia announces new general counsel, operations team

Blaise-Ingoglia landscape

Newly elected Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia announced Friday the party’s new general counsel and other key positions in the state’s GOP leadership team.

Daniel Nordby will be RPOF general counsel, and George Riley becomes director of party affairs and development. Jordan Gibson moves up to digital director, and Richard Coates and Emmett (Bucky) Mitchell IV will continue as counsel.

In a statement, Ingoglia said the new infrastructure will help guide the RPOF to victory in 2016.

“All of these dedicated individuals have a ‘party first’ mentality,” he said. “I know they will continue to stay focused on the needs of the party faithful, our candidates and our shared values.”

Nordby is a partner with Shutts & Bowen LLP of Tallahassee. He will resume the role as outside legal counsel to the RPOF after a stint as general counsel to the Florida House under former Speaker Will Weatherford and general counsel to Florida’s Secretary of State. Nordby was RPOF general counsel under Chairman John Thrasher.

Remaining as general counsel for the RPOF is Coates Law Firm — led by Coates and Mitchell — a relationship the firm has had with the party since 1993.

Riley has held multiple roles in the RPOF since 2008, including political director during the 2014 election cycle, as well as member relations director and victory director for Central Florida in 2012.

Riley is a veteran political operative in the Tampa Bay area, most notably with the campaigns of Sens. Jeff Brandes and Sen. Jack Latvala.

Gibson has performed several functions for the RPOF since November 2012, most recently creative director during the 2014 campaign cycle. Her specialty is developing graphics, ads and videos for Republican candidates, including some used in Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election.

Gibson also was new media director, overseeing social media, web development and content creation for the RPOF.  Previously, she was a staff member in the office of state CFO Jeff Atwater.

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