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Campaign operative named to top Mass. GOP post

Politics-GOPBOSTON (AP) — A Republican strategist from Plymouth has been named the state party’s new executive director.

Robert Cunningham was confirmed for the post Friday by the MassGOP’s governing committee. In making the announcement, party chairwoman Kirsten Hughes called Cunningham an experienced campaign manager who could help the party rebuild in Massachusetts.

Cunningham has helped a number of Republicans win municipal, county and legislative races on the South Shore and Cape Cod. He managed campaigns for Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz and for Scott Brown when the former U.S. senator was a member of the Legislature.

Hughes said she hoped Cunningham would help the state GOP  create a “farm team” of candidates at the local level who can later challenge for statewide or congressional offices, none of which are currently occupied by Republicans.

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