Tom Blakely, GOP consultant, dies at 47

Republican political consultant Tom Blakely died this morning after collapsing during a 5k run in Bordentown. He was 48.

Blakely was the President of Jamestown Associates, a New Jersey-based GOP consulting firm. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served as an aide to Rep. Dick Zimmer and was Campaign Manager of Zimmer’s 1996 U.S. Senate bid against Robert Torricelli. He also ran County Executive campaigns for James Treffinger and Robert Prunetti, and was Director of Appointments for Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.

Jamestown just directed Andy Harris successful GOP primary campaign against Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in Maryland, and is working for GOP House candidate Leonard Lance. In 2006, he consulted for Tim Walberg's Republican primary victory over Michigan incumbent Rep. Joe Schwarz.

"I relied on Tom Blakely without hesitation when confronted with the most daunting challenges of my political life," Zimmer told "He was a man of integrity, tenacity, loyalty and candor. Tom's life is a testament to the maxim that there's no such thing as an ex-Marine."

Tom Blakely, GOP consultant, dies at 47