A man with deep ties to Gov. Paul LePage has been named executive director of the Maine Republican Party. The party announced the hiring of Jason Savage on its Facebook page over the weekend. He started work last Friday. Savage was previously executive director of Maine People Before Politics, an organization launched by LePage supporters. Savage tells The Portland Press Herald, he worked at Marden’s Surplus and Salvage for about 10 years in various roles until early 2011. That’s where he met LePage, the general manager of the discount chain from 1996 until after his election. Savage volunteered and worked for LePage’s campaign in 2010. Party Vice Chairwoman Beth O’Connor says the party’s goal is getting LePage re-elected.