March 16th, 2009
02:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Steele names head of RNC communications

 Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele filled a key staff position Monday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele filled a key staff position Monday.

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele filled a key staff position Monday, naming Trevor Francis to head the RNC's communications division.

“I am excited to be adding Trevor, a communications strategist with extensive private sector, political and government experience, to my team,” Steele said in a statement. “Filling key staff positions, together with analyzing and implementing the findings of our top-to-bottom review of the committee’s operations, will help the RNC spread our message and elect more Republicans."

The selection marks the new communications director’s second tenure at the RNC. He previously worked under former chairmen Haley Barbour and Jim Nicholson. The Burson-Marsteller managing director also worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, later serving as a press secretary in his administration.


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  1. obama-mama

    I don't care if ya'll hire Daffy Duck, the RNC is still a mess

    March 16, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Brian Crooks

    Seems like this decision should have been made a long, long, LONG time ago, before Michael Steele embarrassed himself like a drunken uncle at a wedding reception. On a side note, isn't Burson-Marsteller kinda famous for doing the PR for dictators and rogue regimes when they gain power? Creeeeeeepy.

    March 16, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Yospamite Spam

    Palins's still bringin up Joe the Dumber and read this enlightened viewpoint of Michael Steele ... You see for the world to cool it has to get hotter first ...

    "Thank you, thank you," he said. "We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I use my fingers as quotation marks, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? Not very long."

    Greenland, for the record, likely had forestation some 450,000 to 800,000 years ago. But its name was derived, as is most commonly believed, from Erik the Red, who wanted to trick people into going to that island as opposed to the more hospitable Iceland.

    The Greenland gaffe was not Steele's most glaring. Earlier in the program a caller asked him about the importance of education. The RNC Chair responded with a curious comment about the need to understand the differences between Hitler and Mussolini, as opposed to FDR and "his honor, the honorable Winston Churchill." Only, he spoke of "Roberto Mussolini" - an obscure essayist, it seems - as opposed to the much more infamous fascist, Benito.

    "Education is key," said the RNC Chair. "It is where it begins, for all of us... If we understand the difference between Marxism, socialism and capitalism; if we understand the difference between a Roberto Mussolini, an Adolf Hitler, and a Franklin Roosevelt, and his honor the honorable Winston Churchill, if we know those differences than we can appreciate what these times mean. And how history is a precursor of things to come."

    March 16, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. TerryT

    Of course here is the required GOP article to divert attention away from the Pres Bush, OOOPS I meant the other doofus Pres. Obama and his plan to 'help' small businesses.

    And when the tax hikes to the owners of these business kick in (many easily earn over 250K a year) that will help then even more won't it?

    Speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

    Its OK we Americans have no attention span or memory and see no longer in history than last week much less longer ago than 8 years.

    The Bush/Obama recovery plan to THROW MONEY AT IT will work because you say so won't it?

    Pardon me for choking on YOUR WORDS. ME and My fellow AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF THIS BS.

    EIGHT YEARS OF THIS CRAP ISN'T GOING TO END IT IS MR PRESIDENT?

    A rose by any other name is still a dishonest, two faced, attacking, politician.

    God help us all.

    March 16, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Taniel

    Also, a major electoral story breaking today: Rep. Shea-Porter will NOT run for Senate in New Hampshire, which means Democrat Paul Hodes is now even more likely to be the state's new Senator.

    March 16, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Soccer Nana

    "The selection marks the new communications director’s second tenure at the RNC. He previously worked under former chairmen Haley Barbour and Jim Nicholson. The Burson-Marsteller managing director also worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, later serving as a press secretary in his administration."

    See, there is absolutely nothing wrong with "recycling" expertise.

    Why was there a problem with President Obama using people from previous Democratic administrations?

    March 16, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Pee Wee

    20 bucks says the FBI isn't investigating his office.

    March 16, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Carrie

    Should have been Meghan McCain!

    March 16, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Jim Hahn

    OK. Here's a new poll. How many days will it take before Mr. Trevor has to apologize to King Rush? My bet is less than 30, current track records being what they are.

    March 16, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Flava Flav? ha

    git up a git git git down, RNC is jokin yo' town...

    March 16, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Unshrub

    Is it just me, or is this guy becoming more obnoxious every day.

    March 16, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Todd

    Shucks......I thought it was going to be Karl Rove....no..wait a minute he's going to jail......then I thought it was Rush Limebaugh...no...wait a minute....he can't pass a urine test....then I thought it was Sarah Palin.....no wait a minute....she's negotiating with that show "Trading wives" with Sean Hannity........then I thought it was going to Newt Gingrich....wait a minute...he wants to be appointed King.......I got it Joe McCarthy!!!!

    March 16, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Wonder if he checked with Rush or coulter. They run the party. Oh yes better consult Sarah too on this matter.

    March 16, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Ricky, NH

    He'd better name somebody because he's so stupid, he fell into the Dems trap of talking about Rush, then apologizing to Rush, then trying to defend his apology to Rush. LOL. He looks like a moron and he needs somebody to talk for him because he obviously can't talk for himself.

    He said he came before Barack, but he came with a lame message, he came as a puppet for the GOP. He's a lapdog for Rush and everyone knows it.

    If you want to play with the big boys, bring your A game Note to GOPers: Michael Steele "aint" it.

    Also, Michael is so jealous of Barack he can't see straight, much less talk. LOL LOL LOLLLLLLLLLLLL.

    March 16, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Angie in PA

    Steele did Rush Approve of him?

    March 16, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Jonathan Lawoyin

    A fool hiring another fool, what a tragedy. There is nothing that can change the RNC for good, they love swiming in the mud.

    March 16, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Ghost

    I thought Rush already had this position.

    March 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. HKP

    I'm sure he'll be all off the hook and hip hop.

    March 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Rob

    If you include Ron Paul and follow this man, you can save the party. No Dr. Paul, no party.

    March 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. republicans hate america

    he was aiming for snoop dog but that got all those pasty white guys up in a wad.

    March 16, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Edward Blake

    Did Rush approve this move?

    March 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. JT

    Did he ask Limbaugh permission before appointing him?

    March 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. JA/TN

    is anybody listening

    March 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Diana NJ

    Hire Meghan McCain... that would be your best move..

    March 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    RNC is irrelavant right now!

    March 16, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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