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. Richard Nagle Dar

    what???? Are you running for President????
    Don't 'cause I have already decided long back to vote Palin in 2012

    November 23, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    The GOP's greatest strength lies in the miserable leadership,failing policies and certain tax increases coming for all Americans. Obozo and his right-wing liberal zealots will be their own biggest enemy! It's only a matter of time folks. The silent majority and independants are waking up and their distain toward Tax and Spend liberal ideology, will definitely will be heard!

    November 23, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Ren from Baltimore

    Wow, Alex is a real "get" for the RNC. It will take all of his many strengths, of course, to corral Steele's mouth, but Alex is one fine gentleman, scholar, and spokesperson.

    Take THAT, Dems!

    November 23, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. democrackpipe

    Lou Dobbs for President ! And hopefully he will appoint Sarah Palin as AG to clean up the crap left behine by Obama, CNN and Holder.

    November 23, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Kathleen A

    Unfortunately, the RNC alienated millions of their members when GWB relentlessly pursued amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens he permitted to invade our country and the final straw was the nomination of John McCain as the candidate in the last election.

    I have great respect for Michael Steele; however, as it is with so many others, I refuse to support the RNC and opt, instead, to support candidates on an individual basis. The days of following a Party like sheep being led to the slaughter are over. The mantra of former members is, "Principles over Party."

    November 23, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. They call me "tater salad"

    "Now the RNC has a new focus and direction- the 2010 elections"....................WHAT?????Thats not a new focus and direction you idiot!!!! Winning elections is the ONLY thing that the Republican Party is EVER focused on!!! I really don't think I've ever heard such a moronic statement like that before!!!!!!!!What a moron this guy is!.....Actually............, He'd be a good fit for the RNC, now that I've had a chance to think about it!

    November 23, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. rjt

    This is a great choice by the GOP. I have watched him communicate the real platform of the Party of Lincoln for many years. Watch out Democrats (Party of the wealthy liberal elite)!

    November 23, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. T'SHA from Virginia

    WOW – now CNN has an insider.

    November 23, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. jay in denver

    "Now the RNC has a new focus and direction – the 2010 elections."

    Well, you certainly wouldn't want it to be anything like "helping the American people," or "providing workable solutions for the problems in this country," or "acting in a bipartisan manner to compromise on important legislation."


    November 23, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. really, you need life support not another strategist

    try CPR, not another strategist

    November 23, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Larry in Texas

    The GOP spends far more time trying to get elected than developing good ideas for America. Who will they Swift Boat next?

    November 23, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Terry - Indiana

    Good! The RNC and GOP also need a blood transfusion – namely NEW BLOOD!

    November 23, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. tincup56

    Lou Dobbs would be a good candidate,,,,IF he ran on the independent ticket,,,Americans are sick of the actions of BOTH the other parties.NEITHER one represents the people, they serve the mighty lobby dollar.

    November 23, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele is on his way out the door.

    November 23, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Tom from Ohio

    Michael Steele, token black, check.
    Alex Castellanos, token hispanic, check.
    Okay Republicans, we're diverse now! Lets do this thing!

    November 23, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Preyear

    The Party of NO needs all of the help that they can get right now! Their tactics are not working.

    November 23, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. carlos

    UGHHH what is wrong with Latinos joining the RNC – just wrong in so many ways. Lap dogs!!

    November 23, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. rafael

    Hilarious. He was a hack commentator at CNN and now he will play a hack role in the GOP. I guess this is the reward. Good luck to them.

    November 23, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Jim

    The slime machine gears up by hiring the "father of the attack ad." Even if Republicans win in the next election cycle, they will be tearing the country apart in order to do it. I can't think of anything they've done over the last 30 years that benefits anyone but the wealthy.

    November 23, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Robert

    You need more moderated than this gentlemen .

    November 23, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Poor guy

    Alex comes off as a sensible guy in his news commentary. I don't see how he's going to last 2 weeks in the current GOP circus atmosphere.

    November 23, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Debbie from California

    Alex Castellanos is like watching paint dry and hard to find credibility.

    November 23, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Is that why you hired him, so you could prove your republicanism.

    November 23, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. independent

    "Castellanos is a CNN contributor" this should immediately change to "Castellanos was a CNN contributor."

    November 23, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. not alone

    Sorry to post off topic but has the RNC lost it's collective bloody mind?Where to they get off telling thier members they HAVE to have thies views?sorry but you have lost any and all respect as a political party in this country and I really have to believe the Republican party has been takin over.Lincon and Reagan are rolling over in thier graves this night.

    November 23, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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