February 4th, 2010
05:41 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC hires GOP veteran to run communications strategy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/13/art.getty.rnc.steele.jpg caption="RNC chairman Michael Steele has a new top adviser."]Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee has hired a veteran GOP operative to fill its communications director slot, a position that has been vacant for months amid a slew a public missteps by Chairman Michael Steele.

Doug Heye, who worked for Steele's 2006 Senate campaign and often appears on television as a political analyst, will now advise RNC chairman Michael Steele on communications strategy. A North Carolina native, Heye also directed communications for Sen. Richard Burr's campaign.

Unlike Steele, who has angered establishment party figures during his brief tenure as GOP chief, Heye is a well-liked figure on Capitol Hill.

"I'm proud to have Doug Heye join our team," Steele said in a statement. "His experience in campaigns and the halls of Congress brings a unique skill set to our communications operation.

Steele also promoted press secretary Katie Wright to deputy communications director.

Heye will be filling a job left vacant by former RNC communications director Trevor Francis, who left the committee in November along with his deputy Todd Irons. National press secretary Gail Gitcho left her job last week to join Sen. Scott Brown's office.

Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    This is probably their best move since having that 3 game winning streak at Jersey, Virginia and Mass. No wonder they haven't got updated and screened for better communications, is important to set up a message that's consistent and honest for weeks and months to come. Is just a matter of consistency, not argument.

    I don't know much about him but have heard abot him, they do need a promise speaker who can speak accordingly and righteously. Let alone it still looks bad at the unemployment filings tomorrow, which I understood a bit why the Dow was bad today(pretty crazy, no?) but I understood why. Is debt, we ain't the only people in debt. Where's the World Bank at? Actually, is more known as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development...boy, that sounds awful, huh?

    I like how the GOP are heading, I do. But there is still problems internally and externally, we can only control so much.

    February 4, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. brains

    first thing this guys does, advises Steel to step down.
    second thing.... free teabags for all the tea pariers...

    eh, who cares about these losers, maybe they'll use that Tim the football kid as thier new "Joe the Plumber"

    are the repubs trying to seam macho after the President scowled them for thier misbehavior?

    February 4, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Gary

    Will Steele refer to him as " Master" or is that still Rush's title?

    February 4, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. EC

    Wow...... more FEAR MONGERS in the RNC camp. Predictable, but certainly NOT surprising at all.

    Republicans don't appear to be learning from their same mistakes. They just keep re-cycling the SAME folks and the SAME tactics over and over without ever offering any solutions to the problems they themselves create.

    American people are NOT buying that same old "wolf ticket" garbaaaaaaaage.

    February 4, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.


    I thought that author Steele was doing a woooonderful job!


    February 4, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Thank goodness!
    Now somebody will be helping Mr. Steele keep his mouth shut.
    Even with the strong position that the Republicans hold as a result of President Obama's first year in office, loose lips still sink ships.

    February 4, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    "I'm proud to have Doug Heye join our team," Steele said in a statement. "His experience in campaigns and the halls of Congress brings a unique skill set to our communications operation.

    Code words for I really need help with the message as I've been opening mouth and inserting foot for some time now!

    Mr. Steele: Think a lot and use words for cooperation, not battle. Come to think of it, if everyone in politics would do this think of all the money to help others we'd have left! Thanks for reading.

    February 4, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. A. Goodwin

    Because we all know Republicans – including Steele – cannot communicate without someone holding their hands.

    February 4, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. AJ

    Maybe he'll be able to make Steele shut his yap?

    February 4, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. jerseylou

    Michael Steele, It's just a matter of time before the repugs take you to the woodshed and show their appreciation of you.

    February 4, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |