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Steele Will Stay, Despite Top Aide’s Exit

Resignation of Republican National Committee aide unrelated to financial concerns.

Despite the resignation of the Republican National Committee’s chief of staff on Monday, sources told Human Events that RNC Chairman Michael Steele "was not resigning."

Steele has under fire for the past week over the handling of the committee’s finances.

 “Michael will not be resigning,” an RNC source who requested anonymity told us shortly after Ken McKay resigned as Steele’s top aide. “Most of the committee members do not want to see [Steele] quit and the matter involving [McKay] was strictly inside baseball.”  

By “inside baseball,” the same source explained, “Ken was not being allowed to do his job and administer within the RNC headquarters. There were definitely clashes with subordinates and, in the end, he chose to leave rather than deal with the infighting.”  MacKay was not available for comment last night.

In spelling out the reasons behind MacKay’s departure, the source insisted that—contrary to some of the suggestions in outlets such as Politico and the Huffington Post–“the recent controversy [regarding Steele and RNC finances] has nothing to do with Ken leaving—nothing at all.”

MacKay will be succeeded by the RNC deputy chief-of-staff Michael Leavitt.  A former executive director of the Maine Republican Party, Leavitt has helped in numerous winning GOP campaigns, notably that of Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell last year. 

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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