The executive director of the Ohio Republican Party has been promoted by the Republican National Committeee to regional political director for the 2012 presidential election cycle.
Darren Bearson will be the RNC's regional political director for Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The appointment is similar to one Bearson had in the 2010 elections.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Bearson and the other six regional directors will coordinate "ground operation and voter contacts across the country to ensure Republican victories in the House, Senate and White House this fall. They will work side by side with Mitt Romney's team and the campaigns for our Republican candidates up and down the ticket."
Bearson is the second Ohio GOP staffer to leave the office within weeks of Bob Bennett replacing former chairman Kevin DeWine as state chairman. Last week, the Ohio GOP's communications director, Christopher Maloney, joined the Mitt Romney campaign as Ohio communications director.
It is also the second time in as many weeks that someone with working knowledge of Ohio politics is tapped to help Romney's election. To be elected president, Romney has to win Ohio, considered by some to be the most important swing state in this election.
The RNC said Bearson has 16 years of party and campaign management experience with the Republican National Committee, the White House, and the Republican Party of Minnesota. He was political director for the RNC for eight central states in the 2010 midterm elections.