The Republican National Committee celebrated its longest-serving employee Friday, with a surprise birthday party for 80-year old Maurice “Moe” Middleton.
Middleton has dedicated his life’s work to the committee for nearly 57 years.
But it is the memories of the people he met and the relationships he’s built along the way that kept him working at the RNC.
Middleton served in the U.S. Army, drove periodically for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and became the permanent driver for Leon Cherner, president of the Cherner Motor Co., a Ford dealership in Washington, D.C., before landing a position with the RNC.
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“I drove Leon Cherner,” Middleton explained in an interview with Fox News. “And he said to me, ‘Do you want to drive all your life?’ I said ‘No.’ He said, ‘Well you go down to the RNC and you tell Ab Hermann I say to give you a job.”
Middleton described his concern with marching into the RNC to tell Hermann to give him a position, but the then 23-year old Middleton did as Cherner suggested and spoke with RNC executive director.
“He said yes,” Middleton explained, describing his conversation with Hermann. “He said ‘Actually, I need a driver right now.’”
“That’s where my history started,” the RNC loyalist explained.
Middleton, now a Senior Operations Associate, climbed the ranks, moving from driver to running the committee’s print shop for more than 25 years.
“Everything that went out of the building was printed,” he reminisced.
Middleton has met every Republican president from Ronald Regan through Donald Trump, but the relationship he built with George H. W. Bush – who he dubbed Daddy Bush – were amongst his fondest memories.
The two met when Bush became RNC chairman in 1974.
“I started a ball team, and he asked if he could play on my ball team,” Middleto
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