November 23rd, 2009
04:28 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC official resigns

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="RNC official resigns."]Washington (CNN) - A senior aide to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has resigned his post less than one month after the GOP scored major victories by winning the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, CNN has learned.

RNC Communications Director Trevor Francis is leaving his job, Steele confirmed in statement to CNN, but offered no reason for the departure. Francis joined the RNC after Steele was elected chairman at the beginning of the year.

"Trevor took a hiatus from a very successful private sector career to give service to the Republican Party this year," Steele said in the statement. "Trevor's talents will be missed at the RNC. We have accomplished a great deal in the year he was here. He worked tirelessly, as did the whole team, on the victories in Virginia and his home state of New Jersey."

Steele's short time as chairman has been marked by highs and lows, marked by both fundraising success and his own headline-grabbing statements.

–CNN's Mark Preston, Brianna Keilar and Deirdre Walsh

Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Aspen Professor

    Maybe Trevor has gotten as sick of the Repubs as the rest of the country has?

    November 23, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. mjm

    Good. I liked Steel but he's not up to the task.

    Let someone else take over. This is good news for republicans.

    Now, if the Bear's could just get rid of Lovie.....

    November 23, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Virginia & New they really matter??? When voting time comes around again beware of the Tsunami. Republicans hate America and they will pay dearly no matter what label they try to slap on to themselves...bunch of LOSERS!

    November 23, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. They call me "tater salad"

    The token loses a token.......Big deal!

    November 23, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    Rats...sinking ship, anyone?

    November 23, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. New Age Independent

    Yep, just what I expected... more liberal hatred and intolerance. Yeah, that's just the kind of people I want to be around... NOT

    November 23, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. samuel, Dublin

    New jersy made the biggest mistake of voting a republican party
    ( Party of the No,nos,nos) who hardly agree to anything good. They are only looking for the pockets of the rich friends. So the republicans party in the U.S.A can be defined as The Party of the Rich by the Corporate/Contractors for the Rich and the Oppressors in the U.S.A.

    November 23, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. myrna james

    T hank we don't have to Steele ourselves watching CNN.
    I'm on slow dial-up so it's hard to get there on time before the End of Comment showsu up.
    So to follow up... Get JOHN KING to wise up and with the likes of Mitch McConnell talking about down with the health care posting at the bottom of the screen ALL OF THE $$$ AND THE SOURCE OF $$$ FROM HEALTH INS. CO'S AND PHARMACEUTIAL COMPANIES any source of campaign $$ that influences his "Attitude" He should do that will ANYONE he interviews...if he really wants
    MOUTH Cafferty is another one...that is hard to listen too. I watch C-Span to wash away the Crap and Spin from CNN...but thank you for dumping Lou he can get on Time Mag. sticking out his tongue like GLenn Beck....laughing all the way to the bank
    Do something CNN about showing how much the feat ured Congresspeople are getting out of all of this from the Drug and Ins. companies.

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

    Going to work for a big $ lobbyists I'm sure...seems odd he would leave with no explanation unless he is hiding something

    November 23, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Freedom to Think

    I guess he decided he wanted to think for himself, and did not want to stay with the communist RNC.

    November 23, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. keithc

    Vote for Micheal Steele for President in 2012!!

    November 23, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. The Great Northwest

    He must not jump when they hollar jump,not lie every breathy or have as big a bag of wind for the party of no .

    November 23, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. A weary Independent

    Looks like the rats are abandoning a sinking ship!

    November 23, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. M issy Pooh

    He was tired of saying NO everydayLOL!

    November 23, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Rick

    The ship is sinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. noneofyourbusiness

    I guess when ol' Trevor realized he would not be able to agree with the RNC manifesto, he did the only honorable thing – committed political sepuki!

    November 23, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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