Gentry Collins, a veteran of the RGA and of midwestern presidential campaigning, has been named the RNC's Political Director. Chairman Michael Steele, who has been under fire for the slow naming of his staff, now has an executive director (Ken McKay) and a director of communication (Trevor Francis).

Background from the Rothenberg Report:

Collins most recently served as a Regional Campaign Manager for McCain-Palin 2008, managing campaign operations in three Midwestern states (Missouri, Iowa and Illinois). Before that, he served as Iowa State Director for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign.

From February 2005 to December 2006 Collins served as National Political Director for the Republican Governors Association. Prior to that, he spent more than two years as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Iowa.