BY SALENA ZITO firstname.lastname@example.org
David Urban, a Beaver County native and West Point graduate, will be named senior adviser for Donald Trump’s Pennsylvania operations, with Ted Christian serving as the state director, a source close to the billionaire’s campaign told the Tribune-Review.
Urban, who grew up in Hopewell Township, is a Washington, D.C.-based Republican strategist and former long time chief of staff to the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.
Since mid May, Urban has been serving as deputy director of caucus operations in Cleveland, where he has been integrating the campaign staff with members of the national party and organizers of the convention.
Christian is also a native Pennsylvanian, hailing from Bucks County. He has been working in the state since March organizing for Trump’s successful primary in which the billionaire businessman captured all 67 counties over rivals Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The announcements come as a number of local Republican leaders in Pennsylvania complain that they’ve heard little or nothing from the campaign, prompting Politico to write “Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign is missing in action.”
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released a statement Thursday morning praising the news.
“David Urban and Ted Christian are great additions to Donald Trump’s campaign team,” Gleason said. “David and Ted share the strong Pennsylvania work ethic that’s made our Commonwealth so great. They’re both deeply committed to improving the lives of their fellow Pennsylvanians. Mr. Trump added solid members to his team that we’re excited to work with as we Make America Great Again.”