Politico, citing unnamed sources familiar with the staffers’ decisions, reports that deputy press secretary James Hewitt, spokesman Fred Brown, director of Hispanic media Ruth Guerra, and research analysts Lars Trautman and Colin Spence all recently left the RNC in part because of Trump. Spence said he left the RNC in June for a “variety of factors.”
“Personally I wasn’t comfortable working to elect him,” Spence told Politico of Trump.
RNC chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer said some staffers might have left partially because of Trump, but he noted it was just a few people in an organization that employs about 250 people. “If you look at a massive organization, any organization … you can find some people that aren’t happy … That’s the nature of a big organization,” he said.
At least 11 staffers have left the RNC since March. Florida’s state Republican Party spokesperson also recently quit because of Trump.