November 23rd, 2009
08:16 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC brings in veteran strategist

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee."]
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will announce Monday that veteran political strategist Alex Castellanos will assume a senior communications role at the committee, an RNC official tells CNN.

Earlier in the day, RNC Chairman Michael Steele revealed that communications director Trevor Francis was leaving his post.

Castellanos will not be filling Francis' old position but, rather, will be acting as an adviser to the RNC.

Castellanos is a CNN contributor, but the network learned independently of his new role at the RNC.

"Now the RNC has a new focus and direction - the 2010 elections," Castellanos said when reached by telephone. "And I am happy to help."

In 2008, Castellanos was a key member of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign team. He will work with the committee through the 2010 elections.

Updated: 8:16 p.m.

Filed under: Alex Castellanos • RNC
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Gary

    In 2008, Castellanos was a key member of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign team.
    And how'd that go for you Alex?
    This man see's things only one way. He is everything that is wrong with the RNC.
    One more clown for the circus.

    November 23, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    "In 2008, Castellanos was a key member of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign team."

    So uh, refresh my memory: How'd that turn out for you?

    Ahh, Republicans, a bunch of losers and whiners. Never have they done anything productive nor patriotic. All they have is a bunch of racially motivated hate speeches.

    November 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. basbille

    great. a cuban to tell us how to get it right! what next? he's so mislead in his views it's silly.

    November 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. wg

    duhhhh! what a goofball

    November 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. tee

    This Guy thought Sarah Palin was smart is he?

    November 23, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Todd

    Trying to convince people that a steaming pile of pooh is actually a souffle can't be an easy job.... but at least he does not have to come up with the program – chairman limbaigh takes care of that part for the rnc these days.

    November 23, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    He worked out pretty well for Mit Romney, he got beaten by a 160 year old man, or whatever old father time John McCain was.

    November 23, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Mickey

    Ahhhh....trot out "The Great Fabricator" Castellanos. Hopefully he has been paying attention to everything that the GOP has done, or is doing wrong, and tell them the REAL reasons why the RNC is in the position it's in, and convince them to drop the "Fear, Hatred, and Bigotry Tour 2009" stance.

    But then, again, if he tells it like it is, the GOP will drop him faster than a hot rock.

    GOP: Evolve or die...

    November 23, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. felicia

    I can't stand this loser, he has problems right.

    November 23, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Hopefully rebuilding the party of NO will keep him too busy to blather his babble on CNN.

    November 23, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. W l Jones

    Just think the republican is going to clog every throughfare with horses and buggies when it come what best for the American people. If this man could sturrip Mitt Rommie canidatcy to a winner what he can do for the whole party?

    November 23, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Patriot Games

    Chairman Steele must be insane. Castellanos was responsible for Jesse Helms' 1990 notoriously racist "White Hands" advertisement as well as "The Wolves" and several other fear-mongering ads for George W. Bush in 2004.

    This man is to be the mouthpiece for a new, "big tent" Republicanism?

    The more things change, the more they look the same.

    November 23, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. steve

    I don't see Castellanos being able to appease the right wing radicals. He is just the opposite of the idealistic attack dogs the GOP usually have speaking for them.

    November 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. please please

    Please bring more reality TV like drama t the party Mr. Castellanos!

    I mean the "So you think you anybody can be VP" series staring that Palin a laugh riot.

    I'd like to see one called "Talking points" where you take Mitt Romney and Michael Steele and Shawn Hannity and you put them working in an unemployment office for a month.

    The Republican party right now, its the shnizzle!

    Its so in touch.....its outta touch!

    November 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    GOP strategy is hate....... lies........ fear........ and division. Do they really need a strategist to spew their vile politics?

    November 23, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. beanne

    Vote for Sarah Palin 2012!!!

    The brightest star of our party

    November 23, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Gary

    Castellanos seems to have a brain i'm not sure he would fit in.

    November 23, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Free Tip To GOPutzes

    What? So Michael Tweedle-dee-dum isn't measuring up. Now they have to call in Tweedle-dee-dee.

    I can resolve their problem in one post:

    Stop being so mean
    Stop lying
    Stop being greedy
    Stop putting yourselves above the people you serve
    Stop hating people just because they don't look like you or practice your religion
    And stop trying to hurt President Obama- the only real solution to George 7th Worst President Ever Bush' mess.

    November 23, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Libertarian

    Why do all these politicians need "strategists". If the man running for "whatever office" truly has the country at heart...why do they need a sleazeball strategist? All they end up doing is creating a "strategy" to trash the other guy hard and first. America loses every time a party hires these sleazeballs.

    November 23, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Fville Non Partisan

    Well of all the Republican Strategist I haven't called him a moron nearly as many times as the other ones

    November 23, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. M. Felder

    When you go on your tantrum about big government, please explain why you Republicans continue to ask the Government for tax cuts for the rich. If capitalism was so great, you shouldn't need or want any "stinking" government money. And for those who keep saying that they want the government out of their life, shouldn't have any problem with the Government taking back tax deductions for mortgages, for employers who hire employees and other deductions that we receive at the end of the year. When we really step back and look, we will be surprised at how dependent we are on government credits and deductions.

    November 23, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. xavier

    Bring out the clowns.

    November 23, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Shannon

    Mr. Castellanos is a horses rear end. Him and RNC will find out in 2010 that the American people will pick the candidates not them. They have no idea how we feel about what is happening in our Country but you can betcha we will show them soon. Mitt Romney is not the candidate we will choose.

    November 23, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. General Malaise

    Michael Steele could do us all a big favor and try to focus on message and not go off into the weeds at every opportunity or hit every piece of bait the lamestream media offers to him.

    November 23, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Chas

    "The RNC has a new focus and direction" ?- DREAM ON

    November 23, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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