(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele sent a e-mail to RNC members on Monday following the departure of top RNC aide Ken McKay.
Read the full letter after the jump.
I wanted you to be the first to know that, this evening, I accepted the resignation of RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Mike Leavitt, who has been serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.
We at the RNC have a sacred charge. Over 600,000 Americans have entrusted us with their money, almost 30 percent of them for the first time only recently. When they feel under siege, when the America they grew up in is fading away, when they write an unthinkable check to the IRS, the next check they write is to the RNC. Our average donation is under $40. These are hard-working patriots who want to save their country. And they are right to be nervous. The very foundations of our Constitutional Republic are under assault by Democrats in Washington and state capitals across the country. These are serious times and we are engaged in a pitched battle for the soul of our nation and the future for our children.
Just as everyday Americans have entrusted the RNC with their money and their hopes for a better country, so also, you have entrusted me with the stewardship of this organization to make those hopes a reality. I take this grave responsibility seriously. Leadership requires that any distractions from our most serious mission be addressed immediately and decisively. Leadership requires that I can safely assure you, our donors, and the American people that our mission is what drives every dollar we spend, every phone call we make, every email we send and every event we organize. Recent events have called that assurance into question and the buck stops with me. That is why I have made this change in my management team and why I am confident about going forward to November with renewed focus and energy.
And we have every reason for confidence. Americans are wide awake to the threats to their country posed by Democrats. Our candidates are stronger than ever. The Democrat overreach with the government-run healthcare experiment, the failed stimulus, and future plans of cap-and-trade - all these policies have provided a moment of clarity like never before. Voters are able to make the clearest choice in decades - do they want to surrender their freedom and their security to Washington, or do they want Washington to secure their freedom? The polls overwhelmingly tell the story - Americans have had enough. Come November, we will be in a position to make their voices heard.
This couldn't happen without your leadership, your support and your diligent efforts on behalf of our cause. Thank you and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about the management transition.