McCain loses more staff

After a week of turmoil in the Arizona Republican's presidential campaign, now it's the press staff's turn to find the door.


Alex Koppelman
July 16, 2007 8:43PM (UTC)

It may have taken a few days more than originally expected, but the press staff for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has left the building. Five staffers quit today, ABC News reports.

This follows what was a rough week for McCain's campaign, as several top staff members -- including longtime aides and confidants of McCain's -- were fired or resigned. On Friday, in a look back at what had happened, the Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes reported that the press staff would resign Saturday. That report was met with a denial by McCain staffers at the time, but it proved to be off by only two days.

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Though some are rushing to write off McCain, there's still some hope left for the floundering senator -- as Salon's Walter Shapiro noted in an article on the campaign Sunday, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the eventual Democratic nominee in 2004's presidential race, "had fired his campaign manager, was so broke that he risked missing payrolls and was sagging badly in the polls just two months before he won the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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