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Steinhauser: Ex-NHGOP exec. dir. says she's grateful for my experience

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CONCORD – The former executive director of the NHGOP, who’s last day on the job was over the weekend, put out a statement Tuesday regarding her departure from the state party.

"I am grateful for my experience with the NHGOP, wish the Party well leading our Republican ticket to victory in November, and am looking forward to making a decision about my next steps in the coming weeks,” said Elissa Voccola, in a statement provided to NH1 News.

Party sources confirm to NH1 News that Voccola’s departure from the NHGOP was by mutual agreement. She’s being temporarily succeeded by state party political director Todd Cheewing. Sources said that a search for a permanent replacement as executive director was underway.

The 26-year old Voccola joined the NHGOP in early February, after a year and a half long stint as executive director of the Connecticut Republican Party. She succeeded Matt Mowers, who left the NHGOP to serve as the top staffer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political action committee, Leadership Matters for America.

“We thank Elissa for her hard work and numerous contributions to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors,” said NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn, in a statement. During her tenure in Connecticut, Voccola reportedly disagreed with 2014 gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley over hiring, fundraising, and resource decisions.

There’s no word if she had similar problems during her short tenure in the Granite State.

During her three months on the job in Concord, the NHGOP raised more than $200,000 at their “First-in-the-Nation Leadership Summit,” which attracted some 700 activists and nearly 20 GOP presidential candidates and likely contenders. And a grassroots activists training event, which was held in March in Concord and headlined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an all-but-certain 2016 presidential candidate, was also deemed a success.


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