Patrick Rufinni named RNC eCampaign director

(Blogger) Patrick Ruffini named RNC eCampaign director: While I’m not a political blogger, and, frankly, don’t read political blogs, I always enjoy following anything Patrick Ruffini does as I find fascinating his understanding of what can be revealed by listening to RSS feeds and the blogosphere.

Last night, he blogged the announcement that he is assuming the role of eCampaign Director for the Republican Nationial Committee.

For the record, Patrick is a young guy and his climb to this position began when he started a pro-Bush weblog. That led to his being tapped to be webmaster of the Bush re-election website. The rest, as they say, is history.

(So, while we’ll continue to read those “fired because they blog story,” add this one to the “hired because they blog” list.)

Patrick is one of those individuals I met on the blogosphere and who I then made it a point to get to know offline. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about political ideas (he pretty much covers that on his blog), however we have spent hours discussing the blogosophere and conversaton and community.

I always figured whoever is the next GOP presidential nominee would have Patrick running his or her online campaign.

I guess the RNC decided it too.

Here’s the RNC press release:

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman today announced that Patrick Ruffini has been selected to assume the role of RNC eCampaign Director.

Patrick Ruffini will return to the RNC where he previously served as Deputy Director of Online Communications until June of 2003. Patrick left the RNC to serve as Webmaster for Bush-Cheney ’04 where he was responsible for managing President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign website.

“We are very happy to welcome Patrick back to the RNC as eCampaign Director,” Chairman Mehlman said. “He has been at the forefront of innovative political communications and he will enable the Republican Party to become even more effective at communicating our positive vision for the country.”

Patrick also developed the official website for the 55^th Presidential Inauguration.

Okay, that’s the end of my political blogging.