Yesterday, the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee, former MD Lt. Governor Michael Steele, ordered a slew of top staffers and many of the folks working in the Political and Communications department to submit their resignations, most effective February 15th.
Per The Hill;
Top staffers at the Republican National Committee were told to submit their resignations today, with some being told they will not get their jobs back in what insiders call a top-to-bottom review of the entire organization.
State victory directors will be jobless after tomorrow, according to sources inside the RNC, while other staffers in the political and communications departments have been told they may be rehired.
The moves are the first major staffing decisions made under new RNC chairman Michael Steele. Steele ousted former chairman Robert "Mike" Duncan and outlasted four other candidates last Friday to capture the chairmanship.
"You know, the chairman reserves the right to make decisions that reflect his vision and leadership," said one RNC staffer who had to turn in a resignation letter today.
Notwithstanding my belief that the GOP, from the Bush White House to the RNC, has fielded the most flat-footed and inept communications staff in modern political history over the last eight years, I'm going to hold off celebrating until I see what Steele does next. Who is he appointing/hiring to take over these positions? And how soon are we going to know if he made the right choice(s)?
Did he ask for Cyrus Krohn's (I'm willing to trust Erick's judgment on the guy, naturally) resignation? Is Blaize Hazelwood - brains behind the "Save Chafee" debacle of 2006 - already measuring the drapes for her new office?
The good thing is that unlike the current (and for the next four years) occupant of the Oval Office, Steele comes in to his new office with some measure of relevant experience beyond campaigning for it. He was the head of the MDGOP for the most part when it had its best campaign cycle in nearly four decades. He's also an excellent communicator - so it may be likely he'll be able to tell when his team is not performing on that front.
One can hope.