February 6th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
2 years ago

House cleaning continues at the RNC

A GOP source estimates that the post-election RNC staff is down to about 100 people from more than 400 in pre-election days.
A GOP source estimates that the post-election RNC staff is down to about 100 people from more than 400 in pre-election days.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A GOP source says the assumption is incoming Republican National Committee Chief Michael Steele will ”at least for an interim period” retain some staffers, especially those in divisions that are at a skeletal stage now, despite his recent request for mass resignations.

The source estimates that the post-election RNC staff is down to about 100 people from more than 400 in pre-election days.

This week, Steele asked for the resignations of the entire RNC headquarters staff. A number of those staffers have been told they will not have a job as of February 15.

That request by Steele is a standard one. The Obama team made a similar request at the Democratic National Committee after the president's pick, Tim Kaine, took control.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Obama fan

    I'm just wondering what makes michael steele think that the repugs are gonna except him as their leader he was definitely set up, but keep moving Obama you are a winner.

    February 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. BB

    If they think they're cleaing house now, wait until November 2010.

    WE are going to clean the Republican's clocks. We are watching, and we KNOW who needs to go.

    February 6, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. July

    You should have clean house .......... 8 yrs ago but I guess it is never to late.

    Your leader W ... that would have been your first firing .. no?

    February 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. payback

    sore losers, sore losers, sore losers.....................................

    February 6, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. RJ

    Who's "we"?
    If you're referring to Americans, then "we" are watching the Dems as well.
    Right now they are acting like they won the lottery this past election cycle.
    Spend, spend, spend. You can't spend your way out of a recession.

    February 6, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. alvino

    I suppose the republicans will blame Obama for the February jobs report showing an increase in unemployed from RNC.

    February 6, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. alvino

    It is not easy to clean up after repubicans have been there.

    February 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Al

    Once the GOP realize and accept the world has changed, then it will become a party that believes in inclusion and not just one that will put a different face up and call it something new.

    Al

    February 6, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Bob

    Don't hold your breath, "BB" - WE aren't going anywhere. Count on it!

    February 6, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Meka

    WHILE YOUR AT IT . . . CLEAN THE HOUSE IN CONGRESS!

    February 6, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. virginia for obama

    @ BB. . . Yeah! We're going to clean Eric Cantor's snobby little clock too, here in VA.

    February 6, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Happy Camper

    Let's get Ron Paul one of those top spots Mr Steele, afterall he's been right on everything all along

    February 6, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Wow I bet there are a bunch of angry old white men at the GOP of the KKK. Black guy firing white guys? What is the world coming to.

    February 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Who will clean the Idiot republicans out that our in our congress?

    February 6, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Marty

    American public are going to clean up the republicans for good.

    February 6, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. ran

    Until they change their attitudes like playing politics with the American people instead of doing for the people they should never again be in the majority. It is not ones skin color or gender but what is in ones heart/mind that makes for a good legislator.

    February 6, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Deb

    Please clean the repubs out of Congress.....Playing politics while people are going hungry and even killing themselves because they lost their jobs will not be forgotten by the American People in 2010

    February 6, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Get'em Mikey. Kick out all those RINO'S!

    February 6, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Tyrone Brown

    TO: Republican Party
    FROM: Proud Obamacrat
    RE: Congratulations

    I just want congradulate you on picking Rush Limbaugh – oops, I meant Michael Steel – as the new head of the RNC.

    Stay strong!

    February 6, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. a southern bell

    IF THEY DO A HOUSE CLEANING, THERE WILL BE

    2 OR 3 REPUBLICANS LEFT & THAT IS A STRETCH.

    February 6, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. EBC, MD

    Yeah... Okay Mr. RNC Chairman. Once again there is nothing like "cheap talk" at its best.

    However, you are cleaning UP the WRONG end of the party toilet buddy.

    It's NOT the staffers who need to GO, it's MAJORITY of your OLD and SENILE colleagues in Washington who have been crying the blues for two straight weeks now.

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE SHUT THESE REPUG BABIES UP!!!

    February 6, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. joe plummer

    When Steele gets his colonic we wont recognize him,now thats a good cleaning.

    February 6, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Tom Foolery

    CNN,

    And we care why?

    This would-be-Baracker is a slacker. He doesn't have a creative bone in his body. He's an Uncle Tom and a pole-cat. The Rethugs needed a black face and they got their Uncle Tom. This imposter will pretend he's a barackstar, but in essence he's the wad of gum on the bottom of Barack's shoe. In just a minute we'll scrape it off and hopefully things will get back to normal.

    What a waste of DNA. I'm sure his parents are turning over in their grave.

    February 6, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Michael BlackFace

    Wait a minute...this picture looks just like the blacks on vaudeville. All he need is black face. Wait, I think I have some shoe polish and some Crisco oil.

    Read the Following:

    White blackface performers in the past used burnt cork and later greasepaint or shoe polish to blacken their skin and exaggerate their lips, often wearing woolly wigs, gloves, tailcoats, or ragged clothes to complete the transformation. Later, black artists also performed in blackface.

    Stereotypes embodied in the stock characters of blackface minstrelsy played a significant role in cementing and proliferating racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide. In some quarters, the caricatures that were the legacy of blackface persist to the present day and are a cause of ongoing controversy.–Wikepedia

    February 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. American Voice

    The GOP moved way too much to the right and became a minority regional party of the "Extreme Right". The party needs to be totally restructured and extremists should be kept out of the party so they can be an All American Party again. Bush and Chaney should be just kicked out of that party – this is the only way we Americans can give some attention to GOP again.

    February 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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