McCain Drops Entire Campaign Staff
(July 14, 2008 SYOP )In a startling move that he hopes might energize his stumbling campaign, John McCain announced that he will no longer use advisors.
“I was spending more time separating myself from their comments than I was listening to their advice,” said McCain, acting as his press secretary who he had just fired minutes before. “And (top economic advisor Phil) Gramm’s ‘nation of whiners,’ ‘only a mental recession’ comments, were the straws that broke the camel’s back. Look, when I said that ‘Phil Gramm doesn’t speak for me. I speak for me,’ I realized it would just save time if I actually did that.”
Among the advisors McCain had dropped to date are campaign manager Terry Nelson, strategist John Weaver, Rockingham County Co-Chairman Rep. D.J. Bettencourt, South Carolina Aiken County Chairman-David Nix, Former Senior Fundraiser- John Dowd, National Co-Chair Georgette Mosbacher, National Director of his “Americans of Faith” Coalition- Marlene Elwell, Former Deputy National Director of McCain’s “Americans of Faith” Coalition- Judy Haynes, California State Director-Craig Goldman, Finance Director-Carla Eudy and Alfonse D’Amato.
In a group statement to the media, the discharged staff personnel wrote that they were leaving the campaign “to spend more time with their families.”