Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare announced today that her GOP caucus has created a new leadership position -- "outreach chair" -- that appears designed to take advantage of the unique circumstances of Camarillo Assemblyman Jeff Gorell.
In a news release issued this morning, Conway said that Gorell will be "charged with coordinating the caucus's efforts to promote its legislative priorities and messaging beyond Sacramento, to local constituents, third party groups and non-traditional audiences for Republicans. Assemblyman Gorell will bring his extensive experience in communications and public affairs to oversee the caucus outreach efforts."
Gorell, 41, is among the caucus' youngest members and is also just coming off a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Navy intelligence officer. In a statement released by his office, Gorell said he hopes to use the position to publicly promote "reasonable and responsible policy solutions that should be taken directly to Californians for their evaluation."