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Top Black Staffers Leave The Republican National Committee

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 31/03/2016 Tyler Tynes

The Republican National Committee logo is shown on the stage as crew members work at the North Charleston Coliseum, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C., in advance of Thursday's Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. Rainier Ehrhardt/AP © Rainier Ehrhardt/AP The Republican National Committee logo is shown on the stage as crew members work at the North Charleston Coliseum, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C., in advance of Thursday's Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. Rainier Ehrhardt/AP The Republican National Committee is losing the person who leads the GOP's outreach to black communities, as first reported by NBC News and confirmed by The Huffington Post.  

Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield, the national director of African-American Initiatives at the RNC, is leaving the organization to work for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) as his director of intergovernmental affairs. Her last day is set to be Friday, and she is the second black top staffer to depart the RNC this month.

Quarker-Hartsfield and the RNC did not return repeated requests for comment on her reasons for leaving. 

Quarker-Hartsfield joins several other staffers of color who have departed the RNC recently. Orlando Watson, communications director for black media, left earlier this month. Tara Wall and Raffi Williams, son of Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, both left their press positions at the RNC late last year. 

RNC Chair Reince Priebus has said that expanding the party and reaching out to groups of people who don't usually vote Republican are priorities. After the 2012 elections, he famously released an autopsy report concluding that the GOP needed to broaden its base if it wanted to survive a changing country. 

"The RNC cannot and will not write off any demographic or community or region of this country," Priebus said at the time.

But the GOP's presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, threatens to upend much of that work with his incendiary comments about women, immigrants, protesters and Muslims that appall many members of his own party.

Williams has denied that he left the RNC because of Trump.

"I left because I was just ready for something new. They were good to me, they treated me very well and I have no complaints about the place," he told The Huffington Post. "I think it's a part of the natural cycle of the RNC. People come and go."

A recent USA Today poll showed that if Trump faces off against Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, voters of color would overwhelmingly reject the business mogul. Black voters were the most pronounced, backing Clinton 67 percent of the time.

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