McCain Drops Entire Campaign Staff

July 14, 2008 · Filed Under 2008 Election, John McCain, Satire 

(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.”

In a blind email sent to his entire staff, McCain wrote, “My friends, it is with deep regret and deeper gratitude for your dedication, hard work and friendship, that I accept your resignation that I expect on my desk by the end of the day.”

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.”




28 Responses to “McCain Drops Entire Campaign Staff”

  1. ThinkFirstThenVote on July 14th, 2008 2:15 pm

    Now THAT’S a maverick move!

    But in 20+ years in the Senate - doesn’t he have anyone whose advice he trusts? And since he doesn’t get on the internet - exactly how is he going to get information about what’s going on while he’s on the road.

    I feel genuinely sorry for John McCain. He’s way over his head trying to be president. You don’t know if his choices of “advisors” were pushed on him by the people whose money he took to finance his campaign - or if these were the people he listened to for the last 20 years and only because of the scrutiny of the campaign, it’s coming to light, or what.

    But even if you can get through a campaign without advisors, you can’t get through a presidency without people to research the issues, and it takes a good manager to know which people to surround yourself with.

  2. Don Soeken on July 14th, 2008 2:22 pm

    John McCain is trying to separate himself from the past which has not been good to him. Instead of answering questions about his past behavior he may get angry or derail the question onto some other subject.

    We should all remember the Keating 5 in which Mr. McCain took campaign money from a Savings and Loan crook, Mr. Keating. Senator McCain and the 4 other senators pulled off the Federal Home Loan Bank auditors who were going to close down the fraudulent Keating bank.

    Senator McCain has a history of helping people who contribute to his campaigns and are so-called VIP status and ignoring others. In my work with an Arizona whistleblower we tried to get help from Mr. McCain and it appeared to me that he does not help his constituents unless they contribute money to his cause. The case was a very significant whistleblower case at the Yuma Proving Grounds. The bottom line with McCain is to come to see him with your checkbook and he will act. If you are just a regular citizen of Arizona he probably will ignore your request for help.

  3. Bobz on July 14th, 2008 5:15 pm

    Do you think this is the precursor to the rumor that McC will decline the nomination at the convention in Mpls for health reasons?

  4. Bohdan Jan Szejner on July 14th, 2008 5:26 pm

    I would like to become Sen. McCain’s advisor! Why not? I am as American as he is. I have graduate degrees. I am exiled from the U.S. for speaking out for decades against homosexuality and and the public school establishnment. I can advise Sen. McCain from a foreign country via Internet (I cannot afford a telephone). I live on 765 dollars disability check and nothing else. I have no home, no pension, no savings, no bank account, no food stamps, no ASHA, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no PDF, no prescription coverage, and no APA. I do not drive, for gasoline in Poland costs 9 dollars a gallon. I starve each end of the month because the dollar is worth nothing in Eurpope. With all these adversities, I am completing my doctorate, without a penny of student loans. I know what the poor are going through! I know that they “aren’t mental cases”! They are Americans who have been ripped of by the wealthy class! My first advise to Sen. McCain, therefore is: tax the wealthy, ignore their cries and excuses! Force the IRS to give me my stimulus check (they did not). Force Alaska where I am from to return my PDF’s which they have confiscated for a decade! Help people like me, who give their all to help America and the world against impossible odds!

  5. Rev. DidLittle on July 14th, 2008 5:28 pm

    He probably dumped his staff because he doesn’t have enough money to pay them.

  6. gordon howe on July 14th, 2008 6:06 pm

    This isn’t entirely true. The exception I encountered was when, in about 1992, Senator McCain possibly assisted one of his communities in Arizona in locating a defense contractor manufacturing plant in that community. The community did a tremendous amount of work in designing the deal which offered financial security to the company (which hardly needed it, as a fortune 500 company) to lease a building that the community’s economic development organization built for them. His alleged help was rather vague, and probably didn’t exist, but he said he did as a matter of course–because he had been asked to help, and proof of “help” was not possible to verify–so, now, knowing a whole lot more about the man’s “help”, it is highly suspect that he did anything. The day the community was scheduled to announce the location, it turned out that John McCain’s office in Washington had already announced it 3 hours earlier, because they got to work 3 hours earlier. On calling the Tucson Citizen, they told me they “already had that story” and printed the press release from McCain’s office. As the person who “released” the news from the community, I called his office and complained that the entire effort of the community had been discounted as a result of his premature announcement. The representative said “so what?”

    So it is possible he actually did help someone who didn’t give him money. But it is more likely he just took the credit for their work. As my only major accomplishment for this year, he helped me out of my job, which I’ll never forget…or forgive.

  7. G.T.DuBois on July 14th, 2008 6:27 pm

    I am not surprised at Sen. McCain’s actions in firing all of his advisors. (With help like that, who needs enemies?) But on a more serioius note, Senator McCain is truely in over his head without advisors, even poor ones. With a country angry at the way the NeoCons have run the country since Reagan it is no wonder Sen. McCain is desparately seeking new ideas. Republican conservative thoughts are dry of new ideas. I wish Sen McCain well, but not well enough to be president.

  8. Get REAL on July 14th, 2008 6:47 pm

    John McCain is following orders from Karl Rove & Steve Schmidt.

    Notice he didn’t drop Phil Gramm … hmmm …

    McCain is now and will be a puppet for Karl Rove.

  9. Tre on July 14th, 2008 6:59 pm

    If John McCain can’t get along and deal with his campaign staff, how is he ever going to get along with the U.S. Congress, not to mention hundreds of international leaders and representatives? And if he has been so ineffective in choosing people to help him get elected, how can we ever expect him to be effective in making decisions that will impact millions of lives?

    John McCain was known as a bully in high school, so much so that his nickname was McNasty. Looks like nothing much has changed in 50 some years - he still bullies his way through everything, regardless of the consequences. Only what should we call him now: McNasty, or McStupid? I for one won’t be calling him McPres.

  10. David, Austin, TX on July 14th, 2008 7:29 pm

    Still, with all that’s been said by his advisors/surrogates, you still don’t see Charlie Black or Phil Gramm on that list. Are they still around or not?

  11. skyreader7 on July 14th, 2008 7:45 pm

    Yes, that should solve everything. He has such great political acumen he couldn’t explain why he voted for an insurance bill funding viagra for men but not birth control for women. I hear the sound of a campaign crashing.

  12. Brad on July 14th, 2008 7:53 pm

    Is this a legit story? John Weaver was let go from the campaign months ago. How could he fire somebody who wasn’t working for the campaign anymore?

  13. alberta treadway on July 14th, 2008 8:12 pm

    I left the republican party before the nebr. caucus. I did this because I know to many people (good people) who at john Mccains age had (all) had began to deal with memory problems,arthritus pain, pain pills, sleeping problems and sleeping pills! No one said we don’lt respect his military record, or his years in the senate! But, we reconize a man in trouble mentally and physically. John Mccains gaffe’s are now a daily item with him. He’s embarrassed by many women issues that are important and he don’t want to discuss. The maverick is gone, and in it’s place is a very confused old man that doesnl’t know what he’s doing or where he’s going and sometime don’t know where he is at. Please, some one step in and help this old man out! Now he goes and fires his whole staff! He’s just out of it.

  14. Jay on July 14th, 2008 8:14 pm

    So, if he were to become President, his solution to bad press would be to fire his cabinet..? He won’t be getting my vote!

  15. karela on July 14th, 2008 8:37 pm

    Y’all notice that Phil Gramm isn’t on the list. Neither are a lot of the names that the public associates with his campaign. In fact, are there any names on the list of people who have actually made gaffes or is this just a stunt to take our minds off Gramm? But aside from that, no one can be the Commander in Chief all by his lonesome. He’s had the last eight years to round up a good bunch of advisers and he hasn’t been able to. McCain’s hallmark has been poor organization and bad choices in staff. Even if I agreed with his stances, I wouldn’t want such a screw up running the White House and the country—-Not to mention what a mess he could make of foreign relations. In addition to what another commenter said above regarding his preference for those who donate to his campaigns; he is known for working things out for those who donate to any of his campaigns. Of especial note are projects that are environmental. He chooses his contributors over the environment every time. There’s a difference between saying you’re for something that most of the country cares about and actually being for something.

  16. Ashton on July 14th, 2008 8:57 pm

    …It’s filed under satire. I hope you guys get it…

  17. Will on July 14th, 2008 9:07 pm

    Does no one realize that this is a joke?

  18. Lisa on July 14th, 2008 9:36 pm

    Um, Steve, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but Google News is listing this as real news, and a couple of media outlets have picked up the story. You may want to make the satire disclaimer more prominent.

    More prominent? And have them NOT pick it up as real news? C’mon.

  19. Lisa on July 14th, 2008 9:36 pm

    Although, I must say it’s pretty funny. Of course I thought the New Yorker cover was funny, too, so what do I know?

  20. afgail on July 14th, 2008 11:47 pm

    When the candidate suffers from terminal hoof-in-mouth disease he has to blame someone. McCain is incapable of accepting responsibility for his own gaffes. He’s in deep denial that one frequently sees in really insecure incompetent men. McCain also displays signs of the early onset of dementia. The Republican elites should pray that he implodes before the convention, when there will still be a chance to nominate someone with half an unscrambled brain.

  21. afgail on July 14th, 2008 11:53 pm

    I posted my comment 4:47 PST and it is awaiting moderation at 11:47 PM! Where is the moderation being conducted? Certainly off shore some where five time zones away.

    Yes. We are in Nigeria going through the unfathomable numbers of dead kings and princes who have left untold wealth for you and your countrymen to divide up for just your social security information.

  22. Rich on July 15th, 2008 2:05 am

    This is SATIRE, people! a.k.a. not real news. Apparently some of you seem to think McCain really did send those letters. Jeez, Newsweek does a legit story on internal campaign friction and, next thing you know, you people believe McCain has snapped, severed all ties, and gone to live in a shack in Canada. Don’t believe everything SY tells you.

    Ain’t it da trute.

  23. Chris on July 15th, 2008 2:59 am

    I thought this was a punk, but apparently not. Seems another indication that McSame doesn’t play well with others.

    A smart man surrounds himself with even smarter men and treats them very well. I don’t think McSame recognizes smart men, and his anger management issue probably gets in the way of working with a lot of smart and principled people. Wonder if he really fired his stable of 22 oil lobbyists? He seems to be quick to cut ties - like he did in a very dishonorable way with his first wife.

  24. RFBorjal on July 15th, 2008 2:06 pm

    Better than dropping his entire staff, he should drop his bid for the Presidency. He can’t hack it.

  25. JoshuasGrandma on July 15th, 2008 7:52 pm

    You should have clued in to the fact that this is a spoof - since everybody knows McCain hasn’t learned how to email yet - His slow learning curve on use of the Internet is still struggling with ‘how to get online’! He might be able to send email by the end of 2010, but then of course it will be ‘way too late!

  26. Steve Young on July 15th, 2008 8:40 pm

    Afraid spoof alerts are illegal under the Patriot Act.



  27. JerryMerry on July 16th, 2008 3:06 am

    Personally, I thought the New Yorker cover was great but then I’m an intelligent elitist from NYC.

  28. Wealth and Success on August 11th, 2008 4:00 am

    Your post makes one think! Great article. Thanks for allowing me to comment!

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