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
I smell scandal on the horizon.
Now there's a surprise...
GOP: Evolve or die.
It was probably all of the tea bagging.
Is is clear wit Rush?
He probably read the republican policies resolution and realized he could not support them.
"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!
He's probably not radical enough for the new ultra-right wing Republican Party.
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
Is Sarah Palin going to replace him????? How will we know the difference???????
It is going to be great when we finally get down to a one party system!
.....He will soon be joining the Democracts. Hear, what I say.
May be this guy finally woke up and seen what the republican party really is and how they are the party of no.
It's just a matter of time before Rush and company kick Steele out of the RNC.
can the republican party resign?
Another casualty of the RNC's shrinking tent???
Michael Steele will be next.
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
Probably was not "conservative enough" to meet the litmus test.
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!
I wonder why he resigned? Maybe he wasn't extremist enough.
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.
Conservatives may be making headlines, but the Republican Party is still circling the bowl.
Like the other 3/4 of the nation!!
It's always the smart rats that know when to desert a sinking ship...