ALBANY—Officially, Tom Basile has been named the executive director of the New York Republican Party.
Basile, an operative who worked on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign serving lieutenant governor candidate Scott Vanderhoef, has been an advisor to new-chairman Ed Cox for several years, and worked as a hired strategist in his campaign to become state chair. Basile also worked for the Bush White House, including a stint in Iraq. He's also a lawyer.
Matt Walter, the current executive director, will stay on as "director of strategic planning." This effectively doubles the size of the party's professional staff.
Here's the full release from the committee:
Albany, NY . . . October 15, 2009- New State Republican Chairman Ed Cox today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Basile as Executive Director of the New York Republican State Committee. A public relations executive and attorney, Basile brings to the State Republican Party a wide range of senior-level experience. In his new role Basile will have strategic and operational oversight of the State Republican Party's staff and infrastructure.
He has served in a variety of roles in government and politics on the local, state and federal levels. He is an alumnus of the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign and was a consultant to the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Presidential election.
"Tom has been a trusted advisor for a number of years," stated Chairman Cox. Basile served as chief strategist for Cox's recent bid to lead the State GOP. "Tom's experience in policy, communications and strategy will be invaluable to achieving our mission of rebuilding New York's Republican Party. With his hands-on involvement in creating a modern, effective party infrastructure, we will harness the potential to turn New York State around for the benefit of all our citizens."
During the Bush Administration Basile served as Director of Communications for the US Environmental Protection Agency under Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. He also handled a number of sensitive projects for the White House both domestically and internationally including President Bush's activities surrounding the United Nations General Assembly in 2002, the national memorial service for the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2003, Bush's meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, the tour of Former Presidents Bush and Clinton of the tsunami-ravaged regions of South Asia in 2005, and the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York in 2008. He also served under Senator Trent Lott as press secretary to the 2005 Presidential Inauguration.
At the request of the Bush White House Basile spent seven months in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-2004 as a senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority under Ambassador L. Paul Bremer and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. While in Iraq, he was a spokesperson for the Coalition and worked to establish the first regularly scheduled press conferences for the new, free Iraqi press corps. He was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal from the Department of Defense for his work with the Coalition.
After leaving the Bush Administration, Basile founded Empire Solutions, a strategic communications consultancy that handles a range of corporate, non-profit and political clients. He is also presently Managing Director of Middleberg Communications in New York.
"We have an historic opportunity to reinvigorate the debate about the direction of this state," stated Basile. "I thank Chairman Cox for the opportunity to help make a difference not only for the Party, but for all New Yorkers. Our government is in crisis and with a vibrant Republican Party we can bring common sense solutions to the chronic problems we face as a state."
Basile is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he teaches in their Elections and Campaign Management Masters program. He is an Advisory Board member of the Hofstra University School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his Law degree attending Fordham and Georgetown Law Schools and is a member of the New York Bar.
Matt Walter, who served as Executive Director and Communications Director during the Chairmanship of Joseph Mondello has been asked by Chairman Cox to continue to serve the State Party as Director of Strategic Planning. "Matt has done an outstanding job for the Party and he will have an important portfolio as we move into 2010," stated Cox. "I look forward to benefitting from his institutional knowledge and experience."