- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

Jay Banning has been forced out of his job as the Republican National Committees chief financial officer, several GOP officials told The Washington Times.

Mr. Banning, 57, was the last major staff holdover at the RNC since Michael Steele, the new chairman, took over on Jan. 30. Mr. Steele has since his election begun to, in his own words, clean house, firing almost all department heads and other key staff.

Until Mr. Steele gave him his walking papers Thursday evening, Mr. Banning had been kept on largely at the behest of Randy Pullen, the elected treasurer of the RNC as well as the elected chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Republicans close to all three men confided to The Washington Times.

Mr. Banning has served at the RNC for 33 years, through the terms of many past chairmen.

Veteran RNC members considered him as a reliable watchdog over donor contributions and one of the few people at national headquarters who knew in detail how the extensive national party apparatus operated.

Mr. Steele asked Mr. Banning to resign and offered him a one-year consulting contract that Mr. Banning accepted.

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