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Top Blunt aide quits for party post


Jefferson City, MO – One of Governor Matt Blunt's top advisers is leaving that job to be the new executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

Jared Craighead, 29, was named to that post Wednesday. The state GOP has been without an executive director since John Hancock stepped down two years ago. Many of the duties have been performed since then by chief of operations Jeff Buker.

Craighead was been the governor's deputy chief of staff for public and federal affairs, a post he'll resign. He also used to be an aide to Blunt's father, Congressman Roy Blunt, and has also been a lobbyist for SBC.

Craighead holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's in business administration from American University.


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