Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee, an RNC official tells CNN.
Earlier in the day, RNC Chairman Michael Steele revealed that communications director Trevor Francis was leaving his post.
Castellanos will not be filling Francis' old position but, rather, will be acting as an adviser to the RNC.
Castellanos is a CNN contributor, but the network learned independently of his new role at the RNC.
"Now the RNC has a new focus and direction - the 2010 elections," Castellanos said when reached by telephone. "And I am happy to help."
In 2008, Castellanos was a key member of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign team. He will work with the committee through the 2010 elections.
Updated: 8:16 p.m.
what???? Are you running for President????
Don't 'cause I have already decided long back to vote Palin in 2012
The GOP's greatest strength lies in the miserable leadership,failing policies and certain tax increases coming for all Americans. Obozo and his right-wing liberal zealots will be their own biggest enemy! It's only a matter of time folks. The silent majority and independants are waking up and their distain toward Tax and Spend liberal ideology, will definitely will be heard!
Wow, Alex is a real "get" for the RNC. It will take all of his many strengths, of course, to corral Steele's mouth, but Alex is one fine gentleman, scholar, and spokesperson.
Take THAT, Dems!
Lou Dobbs for President ! And hopefully he will appoint Sarah Palin as AG to clean up the crap left behine by Obama, CNN and Holder.
Unfortunately, the RNC alienated millions of their members when GWB relentlessly pursued amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens he permitted to invade our country and the final straw was the nomination of John McCain as the candidate in the last election.
I have great respect for Michael Steele; however, as it is with so many others, I refuse to support the RNC and opt, instead, to support candidates on an individual basis. The days of following a Party like sheep being led to the slaughter are over. The mantra of former members is, "Principles over Party."
"Now the RNC has a new focus and direction- the 2010 elections"....................WHAT?????Thats not a new focus and direction you idiot!!!! Winning elections is the ONLY thing that the Republican Party is EVER focused on!!! I really don't think I've ever heard such a moronic statement like that before!!!!!!!!What a moron this guy is!.....Actually............, He'd be a good fit for the RNC, now that I've had a chance to think about it!
This is a great choice by the GOP. I have watched him communicate the real platform of the Party of Lincoln for many years. Watch out Democrats (Party of the wealthy liberal elite)!
WOW – now CNN has an insider.
"Now the RNC has a new focus and direction – the 2010 elections."
Well, you certainly wouldn't want it to be anything like "helping the American people," or "providing workable solutions for the problems in this country," or "acting in a bipartisan manner to compromise on important legislation."
try CPR, not another strategist
The GOP spends far more time trying to get elected than developing good ideas for America. Who will they Swift Boat next?
Good! The RNC and GOP also need a blood transfusion – namely NEW BLOOD!
Lou Dobbs would be a good candidate,,,,IF he ran on the independent ticket,,,Americans are sick of the actions of BOTH the other parties.NEITHER one represents the people, they serve the mighty lobby dollar.
Michael Steele is on his way out the door.
Michael Steele, token black, check.
Alex Castellanos, token hispanic, check.
Okay Republicans, we're diverse now! Lets do this thing!
The Party of NO needs all of the help that they can get right now! Their tactics are not working.
UGHHH what is wrong with Latinos joining the RNC – just wrong in so many ways. Lap dogs!!
Hilarious. He was a hack commentator at CNN and now he will play a hack role in the GOP. I guess this is the reward. Good luck to them.
The slime machine gears up by hiring the "father of the attack ad." Even if Republicans win in the next election cycle, they will be tearing the country apart in order to do it. I can't think of anything they've done over the last 30 years that benefits anyone but the wealthy.
You need more moderated than this gentlemen .
Alex comes off as a sensible guy in his news commentary. I don't see how he's going to last 2 weeks in the current GOP circus atmosphere.
Alex Castellanos is like watching paint dry and hard to find credibility.
Is that why you hired him, so you could prove your republicanism.
"Castellanos is a CNN contributor" this should immediately change to "Castellanos was a CNN contributor."
Sorry to post off topic but has the RNC lost it's collective bloody mind?Where to they get off telling thier members they HAVE to have thies views?sorry but you have lost any and all respect as a political party in this country and I really have to believe the Republican party has been takin over.Lincon and Reagan are rolling over in thier graves this night.