[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/23/rnc.jpg 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