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RNC loses communications director, Castellanos signs on

Update 6:03 p.m.: Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant, will take over as a senior communications adviser to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, according to a source familiar with the move. The announcement of Castellanos' role comes hours after communications director Trevor Francis announced he was leaving the committee. But, Castellanos is taking on the strategic role on a permanent -- not interim -- basis, according to the source.

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Trevor Francis, the communications director at the Republican National Committee, is leaving his post, an odd mid-cycle departure that suggests some level of turmoil within the GOP's chief campaign committee.

"Trevor's talents will be missed at the RNC," committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "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."

Francis came to the committee from the private sector, where he worked at the PR firm Burson-Marsteller. During the Bush administration, he was press secretary for Commerce Secretary Don Evans and worked press advance for President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign.

His hiring by the national committee surprised some observers as Francis had never worked with Steele previously. Steele is something of a free agent when it comes to his dealings with the press -- often serving as his own press secretary with mixed results.

Steele's tendency to freelance makes him difficult to manage from a press perspective and, according to sources familiar with Francis's departure, that tension was part of the reason he decided to step aside.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
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And on a related note:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/24/castellanos-to-continue-c_n_369062.html

Castellanos doesn't even leave his seat at CNN. Jeebus! Not CNN had much credibility left, anyway.

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Now here is something that actually speaks to Cillizza's blog post, i.e., the hiring of Alex Castellanos:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/11/in-quest-to-reform-steeles-image-rnc-hires-republican-attack-dog-castellanos.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street sez:

"Why don't you guys come up with something which actually addresses the issue - instead of lame personal attacks whic (sic) no one cares about."

Here, I'll bite. Why don't you cite your professional credentials/education/training etc that you bring to bear on critically evaluating the relevant scientific papers etc? Or you could cite work by credible sources that at least say, hopefully in a rational manner, something roughly approximating your ravings today. It might sound like a "lame personal attack" but based on my very brief interaction with you today I don't believe you have any scientific education whatsoever. You really seem like the Glen Beck type, i.e., reading without comprehension. Expertise matters. You don't have it. You don't even cite it. You really have no idea what you are typing about today. The burden is on you buddy.

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"something which actually addresses the issue"

Because the only issue here is someone trying to spin dross into gold. In this case, the messenger is the message.

Posted by: nodebris | November 24, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you guys come up with something which actually addresses the issue - instead of lame personal attacks whic no one cares about.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 24, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

exceptional -- thanks for expressing what all of the rest of the posters here think about this moron.

And in a sign that all the next R presidential contenders will be bloated bloviating neo-fascists from TV and radio, here's the first one: Can Rush and Beck be far behind?

'In an appearance on Fred Thompson's radio show, Lou Dobbs responded to question about whether he'd consider a run for President by saying, "yes is the answer."

Dobbs said that over the next few weeks he's going to discuss his options with "some folks who want me to listen to them,"

Posted by: drindl | November 24, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

@37thand0st: You are a raving lunatic. I am so glad that you are not afraid to reveal your mental shortcomings to the world. The word you are seeking is "rationale;" please note the terminal "e." Perhaps, since you are such an expert on climate change, you can now begin to study the proper method of spelling English (well, French) words. As for your "facts"? E-mails from your crazy cousin in Houston do not constitute "facts." They are "opinions." Everybody has one, and they all stink; the problem is, yours don't even stand up to internal scrutiny. It's a lot of naysaying...just because YOU say it isn't so, does not make it a lie. Please, try introducing some rational facts into your argument, not making blanket condemnations of scientific evidence.

Posted by: ExceptionalTorture | November 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Castellanos is one of the most hardcore, divisive, racist voices out there. Amusing that he is to ' advise' Steel. But expect the goper message to get sharply nastier and even more negative.

Posted by: drindl | November 24, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street:

"Now THAT is something that EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON."

I am beginning to think you are just writing all of this as joke because no one can be as self-unaware as the person you are portraying.

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Pachacutec

We are being asked to spend BILLIONS of tax dollars on climate legislation - when all this is based on an IPCC report which relies on FABRICATED DATA.


What part of that do you not understand?

In Copenhagen, the only climate agreement should be to set up tribunals to try those who have hidden data, fabricated data and intimidated journalists.

Now THAT is something that EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 24, 2009 5:37 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street you are not any type scientist, let alone climate scientist, that is clear. There are precious few actual scientists who will agree with a word you say. You can become an actual scientist and do the actual work that proves your point. Now, doing that research might force you to a different conclusion than you presently hold. Read what you just wrote:

"These opposing views have been forced out by means which are considered unprofessional and improper."

and

"The ENTIRE RATIONAL for global warming has now LOST ALL ITS CREDIBILITY."

and

"Amazing that they are really trying to tell people not to read the emails."

These statements appear to be the ravings of a kook. You can read all the e-mails you want. I don't care. You will not know anymore than you think you know already. Expertise matters. When you become one I'll be all ears.

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 5:35 AM | Report abuse

This guy Pachacutec, whatever his motives, should never, ever, argue that someone NOT read through anything.


This is the "cover story" which is apparently going out - that the emails are not in context.


It is the same arrogant, pathetic intimidation-style attitude which has been all over the global warming discussion from the beginning - this has not been a proper scientific inquiry at all.


Sorry for you, but the "context" arguement will not fly with these emails.


It is abundantly CLEAR in many many places in the emails that DATA IS BEING MANIPULATED - THAT DATA IS BEING FABRICATED.

This DESTROYS any credibility that there is any proof AT ALL for global warming.


You have to READ these emails for yourself.


Please note that I am asking everyone to READ and form your own opinions.

The other side is saying, "trust us, there is nothing here"

What also has been made CLEAR is that these people have been able to MANIPULATE the IPCC Report with fabricated data, and by forcing out opposing views.


These opposing views have been forced out by means which are considered unprofessional and improper.


The ENTIRE RATIONAL for global warming has now LOST ALL ITS CREDIBILITY.

Amazing that they are really trying to tell people not to read the emails.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 24, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Pachacutec

You are really exhibiting a rare combination of ignorance and arrogance.


You are lying, and being misleading.

Sorry for you, but the climate models are wrong.


There is now sound proof - not for global warming -


But now there is sound proof that the data has been manipulated and fabricated.


There have been concerted efforts to intimidate journal editors.

Science is the search for truth, not the supression of truth.

You are a sad case for a person.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 24, 2009 5:08 AM | Report abuse

37thand0street :

"You really should take a look at the global warming Climategate emails that are emerging."

and...

"You just don't make this stuff up."

Apparently people sort of have made this stuff up by taking bits of stolen e-mails about data analysis techniques, etc. expressed somewhat casually, again, in e-mails in which certain words do not necessarily mean what pedestrians think they mean. There really is a thing called expertise, scientific expertise, and it matters. Unless 37thand0street is one of these experts and is privy to the entire chain of the e-mails rather than reading on some right wing blog about a "scientific conspiracy" perhaps his time would be better spent reading something else. Or he could take the time to study hard at some reputable university, become said expert, do his own research on climate change and have something relevant to say. On the other hand, maybe nefarious agents are now hot on his trail because he is on to something big!

Posted by: pachacutec | November 24, 2009 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Chris

You really should take a look at the global warming Climategate emails that are emerging.


Amazing reads.


It is really astonishing how bad the situation is - I rather recommend that you go read the stuff yourself rather than characterize it.

However, the ENTIRE RATIONAL behind global warming has disintegrated.


It is clear that the data behind the climate models has been manipulated - AND there was a massive Watergate-style cover-up to intimidate journal editors to publish anything to the contrary.

Also, the data supporting some of these papers appears to have been selected to support, while throwing out data which is contrary - Some story that they selected 12 trees in one region to support all global temperatures over hundreds of years.


You just don't make this stuff up.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 24, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

the Republicans have Palin, the Democrats have Lieberman .. two preciously self-absorbed people who don't care how much damage they do to the nation or the world so long as they keep getting attention.

Lieberman would love to get his name in the papers as the jackhole who killed health care. Never mind all the children who die from not getting to a doctor in time, Joe'll get feted by AIPAC and will grin that frog-faced smile of his as the flashbulbs pop.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 24, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

It's their perennial weakness: only listening to people who already agree with them.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

"I love the GOP purity test, the more pure the better, echt, das Republikanishes Rheinheitsgebot.

Posted by: shrink2"

Are these people completely stupid? How can they possibly think that purity is a way back to power?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 23, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the RNC Star Chamber.

I bet, and I mean I would bet real cash if there was any way to confirm, that they're scratching their heads trying to come up with a way to get Palin bumped off and blame it on liberals. She's not an albatross around their necks, she's a pair of cinderblocks around their ankles and they're headed for the bottom, and there have to be a few still sane enough to realize it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Republicans just don't get it..
1) Reagan was horrible. If not for clever oratory & media diversion, he would have been run out of office, ala Nixon, over his crimes & involvement in Iran/Contra;
2) Palin, Hannity, Coulter, Limbaugh, Buccanan, Gingrich, Armey, Cheney & Rove are whack-jobs. Highly underqualified to do almost everything, good at little else than promotion of propaganda.
3) The media is not liberal. In fact, most of the media is controlled by the right. Another marketing scheme promoted through the "broken record" technique to divert attention from reality;
4) Repulicans are bought & paid for by big business. Big business cares only for lower or middle america enough to help its peeps get elected. Deregulation, offshoring, temporary strikebreakers, upper income tax breaks are all anti consumer weapons designed to keep the populous working at minimal wages in their unsatiable thirst for corporate profit growth & executive perks.
5) Despite portraying themselves as religious, the republican politicians are clearly the most slanderous, coniving, self-serving liars ever to serve our country. Though the dems have some too, the republican leadership is consistently over-the-top & far more shameless in character assination & distortion of fact.
It's all true, thank goodness the younger generations have caught onto the Republicans' BS. Mind altering talk radio & the like will not fool today's young voters. It's going to be a long, long dryspell for the republicans...

Posted by: rsampson02 | November 23, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Castellanos is a good get for the RNC. Maybe he can enforce some message discipline for Steele.

Posted by: mnteng | November 23, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't bother reading the GOP Purity Manifesto, it's nothing we haven't already heard a trillion times since Reagan. They hate gays, they hate Mexicans, they believe money can think and we should let it do all our thinking for us.

Bloody loonies.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Apparenty a Communications Director for the RNC has a job only so long as his press releases make the Chairman look good. The facts are what the Chairman says they are, no more, no less. Sounds like Humpty Dumpty before his great fall.

Posted by: marrobcastle | November 23, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"Reinheit"

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I love the GOP purity test, the more pure the better, echt, das Republikanishes Rheinheitsgebot.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 23, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The resignation of the RNC communications director IS an important story.

In a country with only two political parties, these jobs are vital.

One cannot help but wonder at the continuing debilitation of the GOP and its loss of control over its own political message.

Instead of the disciplined,responsible party of officials that we had under Reagan, the GOP and its official arm, the RNC have become a bunch of back-biting airheads.

Can anyone imagine why Michael Steele thinks he deservces credit for the GOP successes in Va and NJ. Christie damn near blew it and McDonnell and the Virginia GOP down ballot candidates showed preternatural message discipline.

Michael Steele on the other hand has shown himself to be a prima donna who IS the RNC message.

The RNC is still running away from its responsibility to present the GOP as a serious political party.

Posted by: pach12 | November 23, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse


Are you for or against a purity test for the GOP?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6534


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Posted by: usadblake | November 23, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't anyone talking about the effect of Obama's employer health care mandate on HIRING AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ???


Surely, if the employer health care mandate is passed, it will increase the labor costs for many businesses.

The other part - with these businesses already facing a steep increase in labor costs for existing employees, why would a company want to add to that number by hiring additional employees right now ???


It's not just the UNCERTAINTY of how much the health care costs will be in the future.

It is that these businesses are getting a massive bill for their EXISTING employees, so the employer mandate proposals has to be placing a DRAG ON HIRING RIGHT NOW.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | November 23, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

A DNC communication director's job consists mainly of a call for free lunch. A much lower level of complexity than is required fro the RNC position. It's much harder to pander with no free lunch to offer.

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What is it with you nincompoops and this "free lunch" stuff?

Hint, child: thinking in caricatures is ineffective since you end up fighting all your battles with straw men.

Liberals believe in hard work however much it excites you to believe otherwise.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Communications Director for the RNC. Whew. Can you imagine what that job must be like?

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Yeah like being in a hailstorm of fact-checkers sounding the alarm.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 23, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

A DNC communication director's job consists mainly of a call for free lunch. A much lower level of complexity than is required fro the RNC position. It's much harder to pander with no free lunch to offer.

Posted by: leapin | November 23, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Once they get their purity resolution in place, directing RNC communication will be so much easier.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/gop-considers-purity-resolution-for-candidates/?hp

Posted by: shrink2 | November 23, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Communications Director for the RNC. Whew. Can you imagine what that job must be like?

Posted by: nodebris | November 23, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This isn't important news. Tell use when BO loses communications directors ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSLSD.

Posted by: leapin | November 23, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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