Posted: Jan. 6, 2003


WILMINGTON -- The Delaware Republican Party announced today that Eric Sutton, executive director of the Delaware Republican Party would be stepping down to accept a position as executive director of the Maryland Republican Party.   

“I have really enjoyed working for the state party over the years and the opportunity to work with some of Delaware’s finest,” said Sutton. “I appreciate the trust that Chairman Moore had in me in this position and the great working relationship that we shared.”  

Sutton said that the election of Governor-Elect Bob Ehrlich and Lt. Governor-Elect Michael Steele weighed heavily in his decision. 

“It is an exciting time for the Maryland Republican Party with the election of these two dynamic leaders,” stated Sutton.  “I look forward to the opportunity of building on their successful election and helping to strengthen their state party organization.” 

Delaware Republican State Chairman Everett Moore said Sutton was a tremendous asset in helping reshape the Delaware Republican Party. 

“Eric played an instrumental role in rebuilding the Delaware Republican Party into a competitive organization again,” stated Chairman Moore.  “We will sorely miss his hard work ethic, loyalty, and strong political instincts that he brought to the job.” 

Sutton has worked for the Delaware Republican Party since 1998 and as executive director since 2001.  During Sutton’s term as Executive Director, the state party saw their grassroots activist enrollment double, campaign technology vastly improve and a more aggressive approach in taking on Democratic opponents. In 2002, Sutton played a key role in legislative races, especially in the three Republican victories in his native Sussex County helping to increase the Republican majority in the State House to 29-12.   

Moore also announced that he will appoint Troy Brocco as Acting Executive Director.  Brocco served as Legislative Director and coordinator for the successful 72 Hour Plan in the 2002 election cycle for the Delaware Republican Party.