Trevor Francis, communications director at the Republican National Committee, unexpectedly resigned his post on Monday.
The RNC confirmed the resignation but offered no explanation. Francis assumed the post in March.
“Trevor took a hiatus from a very successful private sector career to give service to the Republican Party this year,— RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. “Trevor’s talents will be missed at the RNC.—
“We have accomplished a great deal in the year he was here,— Steele said. “ He worked tirelessly, as did the whole team, on the victories in Virginia and his home state of New Jersey.—
Prior to serving as the RNC’s top communications aide, Francis worked as the managing director at the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.
Some were quick to point a finger at Steele — who has come under fire for a series of public gaffes — for prompting Francis’ exit.
“Trevor’s departure is a real loss for the committee,— said one GOP source. “However, his decision to leave is understandable given the fact that he’s had to defend the indefensible as the chairman of the Republican Party finds a new way to shoot himself in the foot on a daily basis.—