March 30th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Thirty-three year veteran employee leaving the RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was recently elected chairman of the RNC."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A veteran employee of the Republican National Committee is leaving the organization, a spokesman confirmed to CNN.

RNC chief financial officer Jay Banning, who has been with the committee for 33 years, is resigning. No reason for the resignation was given.

Banning's departure comes as new RNC chair Michael Steele continues to shake up the organization and revamp its operations after a thorough internal review.

Banning's resignation was first reported by Roll Call.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. RSB - St George, UT

    Forget Michael Steele and any of them. The RNC owes the US an apology for its part in sending George W Bush to the White House. Until they are ready to offer it I don't care what they have to say.

    March 30, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Rick from alabama

    33 years, now let me think, that would mean he can in around 1976, and that would mean he's part of the real Republican Party, you know the ones that was on the supreme court that said segregation was wrong, the ones that voted Thurgood Marshall to be comfirm as a supreme court justice, the ones the voted affirmative action into law, the ones the sign the Martin Luther King bithday into law. You know ,myself as a independent hate to see him leave.

    March 30, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. william,oregon

    Good luck enjoy your retirement. You could be the Smartest of those few left in the GOP.

    March 30, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Cary

    Michael Steele has taken the GOP to a new level of bizarre.

    March 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Frank, Las Vegas

    Not surprised. The only surprise is that there's not more leaving the sinking ship!

    March 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Nancy in Illinois

    I'm guessing he just couldn't take the lies and hypocrisy any more. Or, his shame meter just started functioning. Whatever it was, they're keeping it quiet so it wasn't a reason they liked.

    March 30, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. The Edge, Macon, GA

    Is there any way Palin could be given this guy's old job? He hadn't been heard of for 33 years, maybe if Palin took his position she'd be shut up for 33 years too???? (only in a perfect world could this come to pass) Too bad, so is a 'thought' anyways....

    March 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |

    Maybe he can see whats coming!

    March 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Al

    Being myself a liberal, progressive, social democrat (and atheist), I am really sorry that there is no more viable conservative opposition. Unfortunately GOP base consists of too many extremists, and GOP have not made any effort to cultivate moderate conservatism. Combined with high level crooks, and half-criminal remains of Bush regime, this is a gloomy face of GOP now.

    March 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. nobody actually puts their name here...

    The 2012 election just keeps getting more and more interesting, and we're barely done with '08.

    What would really be, well, maybe not good, but at least interesting and perhaps beneficial in the long term, is if the GOP splits into two parties: the Fiscal Conservatives, which are more tolerant of other people and use hands-off economics, and the Christian Conservatives, for Sarah Palin and other Bible-Driven Politicians, for lack of a better descriptor. You all know what I mean.

    March 30, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Joyce Becker

    33 Years with the Republican party is too many years spent with a party of small ideas and large losers.

    March 30, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. MICK in MESA

    The GOP brand of political parties is what the GM/Chrylser brands are to the auto industry: Bankrupt of any new ideas.
    That being said the current top management of all three should resign for the good of the country...

    March 30, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Ed From Wisconsin

    I so hope that Mr. Steele continues his ridiculous rhetoric, he is a clown just like Palin and Limbaugh. If there suppose to be the leaders of the GOP, then 2012 will be easier than the Democrats thought!

    March 30, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Moving Forward!

    Well, at least somebody on the "Good Ship GOP" has got the message the ships going down, ABANDON SHIP!! Unfortunately due to tax cuts and smaller government (no safety regulations) the Good Ship GOP is short on life boats and life preservers, so it's every man and women for themselves!!

    March 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Ah yes........the rats begin their departure from the "Titanic" known more commonly today as the "GOP".

    March 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Bubba

    Maybe someone's conservative hand was in the conservative cookie jar?

    March 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Karen - Missouri

    Smart person to leave. RNC is like a rowboat with broken oars. They're all trying to row in too many directions.

    March 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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