March 12th, 2009
03:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Steele taps new chief of staff for RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image=,gu.jpg caption="Ken McKay will be responsible for the RNC's day-to-day operations."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Embattled Republic National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced Thursday that he had tapped Ken McKay as the RNC’s new chief of staff.

The new chairman has begun to rebuild the organization after a major staff shake-up in the wake of his election to head the GOP’s national committee earlier this year.

“I am excited to have such an outstanding leader become part of our team,” Steele said in a statement. “Ken’s background and expertise will help revitalize the RNC and elect more Republicans.”

Prior to joining the RNC, McKay managed the 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns of Rhode Island’s GOP Gov. Donald Carcieri and served as the governor’s chief of staff. McKay, a lawyer, was most recently a partner with the law firm Brown Rudnick.

As the RNC’s chief of staff, McKay will be responsible for the committee’s “the day-to-day operations . . . including overseeing personnel and managing resources,” the RNC said in a statement Thursday.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. aware


    Resign Steele! You are not up to the job. 🙁

    March 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Becky

    Republicans have gone to bed with the religious right, now they wonder where they went wrong...they just don't get it. Stay on the wrong path fellas cause it's leading the Party nowhere.

    March 12, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Tt

    Who cares the Rep., party thought Steele will attract a diverse group of people; and that fail, and here we go again hang on people Megan McCain the Rep.; think she is going to attract the younger generation and that is failing. They liars ….Steele and the Reps., need their own little island. SMOKE SCREEN

    March 12, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. proudliberal-independent

    you mean the talibangelicals forgave him, already? i figgered he'd be packin his suitcase by now.

    March 12, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Time for Term Limits

    Maybe by 2012 the RNC will be fully staffed. Thanks Mr. Steele for firing the RNC staff before having your replacements ready to go. Great planning.

    March 12, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. jimmy-ohio

    did rush ok this?

    March 12, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. elvis g

    Where does it say in the constitution that abortion is illegal? Gimme a break!! Republicans have a warped view of history. They worry sooo much about the unborn but could care less about the millions who are born and alive but suffering with poverty and overcrowding in the world. Many of these same God-fearing blow holes are against birth control too. Just as long as their "morals" are satisfied then they can sleep easy at night.

    March 12, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. R in Maine

    Only losers get appointed this early before a new election.

    March 12, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. aware


    Progressive Pelosi said it was more economical to abort tiny human beings than to protect them! 🙁

    March 12, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. aware

    ch: where is the Progressive slobbering love?

    March 12, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. aware

    Take note America: The democrats/progressives only want to manipulate you and achieve their destructive, idolatrous agenda!

    March 12, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Once You Vote Black

    Typical! Trying to change the subject. The topic is why a Blackman cannot express his position within the GOP without getting drummed out of office. Now they have this Mc in there to do the real work while they let Steele flap his gums and act like a clown.

    March 12, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. aware

    Take note America: The progressives only want to manipulate you so they can achieve their destructive agenda!

    March 12, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Sam

    Steele, without even realizing, is looking for his replacement. I don't recall, in recent years, some one in public eye, keep apologizing, or explaining, or retracting just about every statement made, as much as Steele has done.

    March 12, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Day to day

    His day to day operations partly will consist of teaching Steele the republican handbook.

    Especially the abortion issue.

    Sounds like Steele better catch on quickly or he will be out.

    March 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Once You Vote Black

    What I like is how the Obama family runs far and wide spreading good will in their wake while the GOP runs around like a buch of swet hogs trying to just get their footing. Obama and Steele have been in office for just about the same amount of time. Look at how far Obama has come compaired to Steele.

    March 12, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. aware

    Better than robotic Obama and his tawdry team but that isn't saying much. 🙁

    March 12, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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