May 5th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC loses communications staffers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Republican National Committee is losing several members of their communication team."]Washington (CNN) - Three members of the Republican National Committee's communications team are leaving the party organization, an RNC official told CNN Wednesday.

Director of Media Affairs LeRoy Coleman, Director of Surrogates Amber Lyons and Southwest Regional Press Secretary Sara Sendek are moving on to other political jobs.

Coleman is signing on with the Oregon gubernatorial campaign of former NBA player Chris Dudley. Sendek will become press secretary for Rep. Pete Hoekstra's gubernatorial bid in Michigan. Lyons is taking a job with the DCI Group, a global public affairs firm based in Washington.

The official stressed that the departures had nothing to do with the turmoil that has rocked the RNC in recent months. Several top officials were either fired or quit the committee last month in the wake of a spending scandal involving a risqué nightclub.

"It's no surprise that as we gear up into the political season that the national committee is seen as fertile ground to find seasoned professionals to help win campaigns," the official said. "This is what happens when you have great staff and we are excited for their new opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work with them to achieve victory in November."

The communications staff that joined the committee after Michael Steele took over as chairman in early 2009 has been dramatically re-shaped since in recent months.

Former Communications Director Trevor Francis and his deputy Todd Irons abruptly left the committee last November. Former National Press Secretary Gail Gitcho departed in January to take a job with Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

Doug Heye, who worked on Steele's Senate campaign in 2006, now serves as the committee's Communications Director.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Larry

    LOL. Like rats deserting a sinking ship!

    May 5, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I smell another scandal on the horizon. When you see staffers leaving the RNC, you know some soap opera ish is going down.

    May 5, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Benintn

    It appears to me that the GOP is trying to retrench its political base by getting more Republican governors. Fits with all the 10th amendment nonsense.

    May 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. D.

    Why is this interesting?
    Just to balance the Democrats about to lose Obey's seat!???

    May 5, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Oops!!!

    The Republican National Committee is losing several members of their communication team.**WONDER *Y*

    May 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. hjs3

    Nope , nothing to do with it all........LOL

    May 5, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Bill

    Interesting. I note that these folks were communications staffers. Rather strange since the GOP has no message.

    May 5, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    The exodus of key RNC staffers at a critical juncture in the election year has nothing to do with Steele's strong leadership. RIGHT!!!!

    May 5, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Pam, Eugene, OR

    Right! That's a nice spin for Steele is going down and staffers want out first.
    This goes well with McCarty's comments yesterday about the RNC's new and improved Contract with America. He said "of course, it does not have any specific proposals". You won't need all those communication folks if you have nothing to say.
    Party of no has no plans, no answers, no specifics, and nothing to offer beyond obstruction.

    May 5, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Peter

    yeah contract to America my behind!!! fool me once shame on you, fool me twice....yall know the rest...its sad that they think Americans are such morons that they can fool us again to grab power with a new contract to America...shame on the Republican party that started two wars and failed to take care of our vets...thank God for President Obama and first lady who have stepped up to take care of our men and women in uniform by signing new legislation to care for our own!!!

    May 5, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    perhaps they didn't meet up to boss Limbaugh or sister Sarah's standards!

    May 5, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They won't be replaced by Steele but by the new RNC leader who replaces Steele.

    May 5, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. If We Can Defeat Him On Health Care It Will Be His Waterloo

    The previous article said that Obama received more money from BP donors than any other candidate. This seems shocking until you realize:
    1. ALL the donations were from employees of BP including gas station attendants and the people who clean the washrooms.
    2. He got all of $ 71 thousand dollars. Does Rush da Blimp think that the vast sum of money means Barack's in BP's pocket?

    May 5, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Or to put it in terms everyone can understand: ICEBURG, STRAIGHT AHEAD!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Dave W

    This is what happens when you're losers, plain and simple.

    May 5, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Shelly

    RNC is in a serious identity crisis. They are in denial and in desperation have run off to be in bed with the crazy far right wingers (Tea baggers, birthers, secessionists and all the anti Obama nuts). They have NO ideas, solutions or strategy for the American people. It is unbelievable that there are gullible folks out there who continue to support the party that has betrayed all Americans. When will they realize that a one night fling does NOT last.?

    May 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    It doesn't take much communication to say NO! The party of No ideas, No solutions, NO to anything that would help the middle class.

    May 5, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    well they all had a good time at the donors expense and they are leaving before anothe scandle hits the fan

    May 5, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. John F. Leech

    You know what htey say about rats and a sinking ship. The GOP is going the way of the Titanic. Watch out for the icebergs. TOO LATE.

    May 5, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Republicans is smart in the head area

    This of course, is no big deal whatsoever. However if three staffers were leaving the DNC then it would be indicative of their imminent defeat at the hands of the mighty tea bagger movement, blah blah blah...

    May 5, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |