October 18th, 2008
04:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Rival consultant now working alongside McCain campaign

Warren Tompkins, standing, is a veteran GOP strategist.

Warren Tompkins, standing, is a veteran GOP strategist.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Warren Tompkins, the hard-hitting South Carolina Republican consultant who worked against John McCain during the state’s vicious primary battle in 2000, is now toiling in North Carolina alongside McCain’s campaign on behalf of the Republican National Committee, according to sources.

Tompkins has been working in the state for two weeks, participating in conference calls and traveling up from South Carolina for meetings, said one southern GOP operative.

A McCain campaign official said that Tompkins is volunteering for the campaign, doing so through the RNC, but that he has only been in the state for “a few days.”

The presidential race in North Carolina has tightened in recent weeks, and CNN has moved the reliably red state into the “toss-up” category. The state’s down-ballot Republican candidates - Senator Elizabeth Dole and gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory - are also in tough races.

“He is working for the RNC, so therefore coordinating with all the campaigns,” the operative said of Tompkins. “It’s the final few weeks of a campaign and you need people with experience, and frankly there are not many people in the southeast with near the experience that he has.”

Tompkins, known for hardball tactics, has long been accused of orchestrating a smear campaign against McCain in 2000, but he has never been formally linked to any of the attacks carried out against the Arizona senator. The Columbia-based strategist was a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s primary campaign in South Carolina last year.

The McCain official said Tompkins was just one of many Republicans coming on board to help the McCain campaign in its final weeks.

“We’re deploying hundreds of political operatives to the battleground states,” the official said.

Filed under: John McCain • North Carolina
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Sherry in Kentucky

    Come on, Barack. We are down to the wire. Hold on. They are about to go nuclear. May no weapon formed against you prosper.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Another Republican for Obama/Biden

    I donated two (2) times today to Barack Obama. Barack Obama and Joe, " the Senator" have character, integrity, moral values, judgement, ethics, and experience. They will also bring our great military home.

    God Bless America.

    October 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Montez

    Please vote, everyone! We need an overwhelming victory to show that AMERICANS are not as ignorant as the republican party think they are!!!

    October 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Carl Justus

    He may have to work overtime and and then some if he wants to stop the carnage. North Carolinians are a tough people who want results and I am not convinced McCain has proven he can produce results for the people he has too many lobbyist running his campaign and they will demand payment later if McCain wins.

    October 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    I'm really curious to see if Palin will drag her poor little special needs baby to SNL tonight. I see she hauls the little thing out at all of her stump speeches like a campaign trophy! I find that truly dispicable!

    October 18, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. bill for barack

    All things evil flock together.

    October 18, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. The Flag

    As I watched Barack Obama give his economic speech yesterday; I noticed a very peculiar flag next to the American flag behind him. It looked a little like our "stars and stripes", but instead it had a big "O" on it. Now he can put an big "O" on his plane if he likes, but what is he doing altering our American flag, the symbol of our proud country and our patriotism? Our flag represents one nation under God and that one nation is not the Obamanation!

    October 18, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Tom

    If McSame is scrambling to save North Carolina I think the ship has reached sinking point. Too many holes in that hull to save at this point. Abandon ship SS McSame is sinking fast.

    October 18, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    Brenda, I'm pretty sure that Joe the Not Really a Plumber is getting paid royally for his bit of a demonstration. Maybe he can pay his taxes?

    October 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    Suzy of MI, that is truly unfair, McCain is NOT Bush! Just because he voted with him over 90% of the time, surely you do not STILL suggest that McCain is really McBush! I suppose you still think McBarbie is a PitBull Dog in Lipstick.....

    Oh, wait a minute.... I STILL think McCain is McBush! And I, now that I think about it, I Still think McBarbie is a PitBull Dog in Lipstick!

    Okay, nevermind, Suzy... I'm right their with you!

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. lil

    mccain will do anything to win. It want work this time people are aware of these tactics you guys already showed that hand.
    What are you going to do try to scare the voter into voting for mccain.
    palin has aready done that.

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. desperado

    it's unbelievable for mccain to people who slimed his family in 2000. if family is not his first priority let alone the country....

    October 18, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. R

    I actually fail to unerstand..who and why vots republics?
    when every amareican knows..they favour Riches".. their al policie are for riches..
    in US income tax is $750million and corporate tax is ust $200milions......Are all americans illetrate and fail to understand these simple things? Rally most amricans are ignorant, lazy to grasp the motives.. and if it is so..this is what they deserve in return!!!

    October 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. This one is for That One

    I am soooooooooooo tired of all this........let it be over....puuuuuleeeze!!

    October 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Democratic Ashley




    October 18, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Missy in Kentucky

    So, McCain and Palin ditz: Let me get this straight. It's okay to be considered socialist when you're helping the big corporations, but it's not when it accomodates the American citizen. McCain and Palin can take their hypocrisy and shove it!

    Obama / Biden '08!

    October 18, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Cindy

    McCain/Palin has sold their souls to the devil.

    October 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. R in Maine

    McCain is a fascist. We can see that McCain is not Bush. Bush is a much younger man.

    October 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Chris

    I would hope that people read about Obamas policies – I contributed towards his campaign...but I refuse to support "wealth sharing" and other socialist agendas (I know wacko's...its not pure socialism...but it sure as hell isn't capitalism....) – we do not want to go down the entitlement hole.....the sub prime market was caused by Democrats in give aways to the "poor" – read up.....Carter...enhanced by Clinton in 1995....then reform blocked by Dodd in 2006....enough...

    October 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Sue in MI

    This is so sad. I wish Obama would run the clip of McCain last April saying he would run a clean campaign because Americans don't like to see politicians going at each other. He is such a joke now. So desperate to finally be President, he has sold his soul. Inciting vicious comments, flatout lying by Plain every day, her refusal to do legitimate interviews or answer questions from anybody not approved by the RNC, her ethics problems, her intrusive husband–does none of this bother Republicans? They are like little kids playing in the sandbox and throwing a tantrum when it's time to come in for their baths. Worse, though, because their hatred of Obama is dangerous to the country and to him.
    What I don't get is how intelligent people refuse to do any research into something like socialism. You just grab McCain's talking points as gospel. He isn't the savior either, folks. Try using factcheck or snopes-you might actually learn how many lies your candidate comes up with-I check Obama too, and have found things that they stretch, but he has never been angry, mean, or launched personal attacks, and Palin sure asks for it.
    I will be very glad when this is over, and I'm praying that the country can heal. Right now, all McCain is doing is separating us into good guys (Republicans) and everyone else. Not exactly reaching across any aisles, is he?

    October 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Tired of Democrats Hateful Attitudes

    I am so sick and tired of all the Democrats who think Republicans are Dumb. You go on and on about President Bush – you guys have NO respect for your Country NOR your President – Our founding Fathers would turn over in their graves. – I think every Presidential candidate should be REQUIRED to have served in a branch of the armed services before he could run for President – maybe some of you commenters should have served also. It is the Democratic Congress who has overriden everything President Bush has wanted to do for our Country – It is the Democratic Congress as well as Obama who required Fannie Mae and Freddic Mac to grant Subprime loans to people who had no business getting loans and who couldn't pay for them no matter what. Do you ever stop to think that NOT one President really runs this Country – the Senate and the House Run this Country – so it really doesn't matter who you vote for, does it.
    If you don't believe me, do your research. YOu all have access to it just as I do.

    October 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Tom

    Have you noticed that the more McCain falls in the polls, the more desperate his campaign becomes–and the more ridiculous the pro-McCain commentary becomes? McCain has become a pathetic figure, devoid of honor and dignity. So sad.

    October 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. John Smith

    If you are making less than $250,000/year and vote for McCain, you are voting against your own personal interests– it is that simple.

    Also, I just do not get it: As Christians, we are told–
    –everyone should follow the same moral values, rules of abortion, gun rights and so on.

    –but, we are told NOT to share wealth, even after we have prayed..."give us or daily bread..." Again, we are told "...to love our neighbour as OURSELVES.." but not share our wealth.

    Finally, I thought all along that we who are fortunate are expected to pay Taxes, so that Government can help us support the "poor, the sick, and those who are not so fortunate. When Democrats try to do these "good deeds" they are called socialists! So, what exactly do Republicans really stand for.. empty moral virtues? Why are they so afraid of paying taxes– Give to Ceaser what is Ceaser's and to God (goodwill etc.) what is God's.

    October 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    Only a narcissistic type would call someone erratic to puff their own selves up. Obama looks like Mr. Virtue to Bush's Mr. Devil. Voters are no longer citizens, but groupies, projecting their own idealized needs onto a wannabe who thinks nothing of parading around Europe as if he had actually accomplished something meaningful and has the arrogance to have a presidential seal attached to a lecturn. This guy is the textbook example of a narcissistic personality. Do you ever wonder what's under his "coolness" – smugness. And there is ample research that narcissistic types are drawn to leadership roles because they need the admiration, but don't necessarily make better leaders and when they make mistakes, can't admit to them – remember the surge?

    October 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Hilary B

    Can we say "desperate"?

    October 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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