Voyeur Fallout: RNC’s Steele Fires Finance Director

By Teddy Davis

May 7, 2010 6:20pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: Remember the Voyeur scandal? It’s repercussions are still being felt at the Republican National Committee. RNC chairman Michael Steele has fired the RNC’s finance director, Rob Bickhart, on whose watch a controversial payment was made to a risqué nightclub in West Hollywood. As part of Steele’s effort to clean house in the Finance Department, he also fired deputy finance director Debbie LeHardy. The RNC’s new finance director will be Mary Heitman, who served as finance director for the Republican Governors Association from 1998 to 2001. The RNC is hoping that installing a new finance director will help boost confidence among the party’s big donors. This is the message that RNC chief of staff Michael Leavitt sent to the RNC’s 168 members today: ## As you may of heard, the Chairman has asked for the resignation of Rob Bickhart and Debbie LeHardy from their positions in the Finance department.  While we appreciate their service to the RNC and wish them well in future endeavors, the Chairman felt it was important to restructure the department in order to continue to improve on our strong fundraising numbers.   Mary Heitman will be joining the RNC team as our new Finance Director.  Having served in both the political field and the private sector, Mary has a wealth of experience in finance and will be a tremendous asset to the RNC. Mary is joining us from Sagac Public Affairs and has formerly served as the Finance Director of the Republican Governors Association and Deputy Finance Director of the RNC under Chairman Haley Barbour. We are well positioned for victory this fall and this addition to the team will only help us to provide the necessary resources to defeat Democrats across the country.  I know that each of you will give Mary a warm welcome to the team.  ##

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