November 23rd, 2009
04:28 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC official resigns

RNC official resigns.
RNC official resigns.

Washington (CNN) – A senior aide to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has resigned his post less than one month after the GOP scored major victories by winning the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, CNN has learned.

RNC Communications Director Trevor Francis is leaving his job, Steele confirmed in statement to CNN, but offered no reason for the departure. Francis joined the RNC after Steele was elected chairman at the beginning of the year.

"Trevor took a hiatus from a very successful private sector career to give service to the Republican Party this year," Steele said in the statement. "Trevor's talents will be missed at the RNC. We have accomplished a great deal in the year he was here. He worked tirelessly, as did the whole team, on the victories in Virginia and his home state of New Jersey."

Steele's short time as chairman has been marked by highs and lows, marked by both fundraising success and his own headline-grabbing statements.

–CNN's Mark Preston, Brianna Keilar and Deirdre Walsh


Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Good Riddance

    November 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I smell scandal on the horizon.

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Mickey

    Now there's a surprise...

    GOP: Evolve or die.

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    It was probably all of the tea bagging.

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. DT

    Is is clear wit Rush?

    November 23, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    He probably read the republican policies resolution and realized he could not support them.

    November 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    "Major victories"???????? Governors do not legislate, on a national level.

    The major victories were the TWO CONGRESSIONAL SEATS PICK UP BY THE DEMOCRATS!

    NY-23 AND IN CA!

    November 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    He's probably not radical enough for the new ultra-right wing Republican Party.

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. The Other Michael in Houston

    I would quit too if I was being forced into communism. Michael Steele is a joke and he still doesn't realize why he is there? I guess all house boys think life is better than being in the field

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Peggy

    Is Sarah Palin going to replace him????? How will we know the difference???????

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. dave

    It is going to be great when we finally get down to a one party system!

    November 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. payback

    .....He will soon be joining the Democracts. Hear, what I say.

    November 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    May be this guy finally woke up and seen what the republican party really is and how they are the party of no.

    November 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. hongli

    It's just a matter of time before Rush and company kick Steele out of the RNC.

    November 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. suzy

    can the republican party resign?

    November 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Steph

    Another casualty of the RNC's shrinking tent???

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele will be next.

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Gekonge

    When will Micheal Steele go? He is in the wrong house making wrong choices, and getting wrong ideas, come home brother, your mama is wondering what happened to your brains

    November 23, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. duckunder

    Probably was not "conservative enough" to meet the litmus test.

    November 23, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    He probably didn't agree with enough of the proposed GOP "principles".

    For a bunch of folks who like to pound their chests about freedom, they sure as heck don't tolerate dissent!

    November 23, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Steve, New York City

    I wonder why he resigned? Maybe he wasn't extremist enough.

    November 23, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Robin

    If NJ was not important, then why did Obama campaign there THREE times? Three times, and Corzine still lost, by a landslide.

    NY-23 is up again for a vote in 2010, so we will see what happens, but I predict a major victory for Republicans in 2010.

    November 23, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. OldUncleTom

    Conservatives may be making headlines, but the Republican Party is still circling the bowl.

    November 23, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Guess he was solcialist

    Like the other 3/4 of the nation!!

    November 23, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Reformed Republican

    It's always the smart rats that know when to desert a sinking ship...

    November 23, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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