Washington (CNN) - Three members of the Republican National Committee's communications team are leaving the party organization, an RNC official told CNN Wednesday.
Director of Media Affairs LeRoy Coleman, Director of Surrogates Amber Lyons and Southwest Regional Press Secretary Sara Sendek are moving on to other political jobs.
Coleman is signing on with the Oregon gubernatorial campaign of former NBA player Chris Dudley. Sendek will become press secretary for Rep. Pete Hoekstra's gubernatorial bid in Michigan. Lyons is taking a job with the DCI Group, a global public affairs firm based in Washington.
The official stressed that the departures had nothing to do with the turmoil that has rocked the RNC in recent months. Several top officials were either fired or quit the committee last month in the wake of a spending scandal involving a risqué nightclub.
"It's no surprise that as we gear up into the political season that the national committee is seen as fertile ground to find seasoned professionals to help win campaigns," the official said. "This is what happens when you have great staff and we are excited for their new opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work with them to achieve victory in November."
The communications staff that joined the committee after Michael Steele took over as chairman in early 2009 has been dramatically re-shaped since in recent months.
Former Communications Director Trevor Francis and his deputy Todd Irons abruptly left the committee last November. Former National Press Secretary Gail Gitcho departed in January to take a job with Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
Doug Heye, who worked on Steele's Senate campaign in 2006, now serves as the committee's Communications Director.