November 5th, 2008
09:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Sources: McCain aide fired for 'trashing' staff

Scheunemann bonded with Palin during the Alaska governor's debate prep, above.
Scheunemann bonded with Palin during the Alaska governor's debate prep, above.

(CNN) - Randy Scheunemann, a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain, was fired from the Arizona senator's campaign last week for what one aide called "trashing" the campaign staff, three senior McCain advisers tell CNN.

One of the aides tells CNN that campaign manager Rick Davis fired Scheunemann after determining that he had been in direct contact with journalists spreading "disinformation" about campaign aides, including Nicolle Wallace and other officials. (Update: Davis denies the claim.)

Update: Scheunemann disputes campaign sources, says he was not fired

"He was positioning himself with Palin at the expense of John McCain's campaign message," said one of the aides.

Senior campaign officials blame Schuenemann specifically for stories about the way Wallace and chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt mishandled Palin's rollout - stories that the campaign says threw them off message in the critical final weeks of the campaign.

Another aide said McCain personally was "very disappointed by Randy," who worked for McCain for many years in the Senate.

Scheunemann became close with Palin during her debate prep process.


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soundoff (514 Responses)
  1. Arlene, Illinois

    Did you see the crowd at the Obama gathering in Grant Park,
    close to 200,000 people and what did John McCain have,
    Joe Lieberman and Hank Williams Jr.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    after some of the truly disgusting and hateful stuff I see printed on these forums everyday, and trust me FoxNews is WORSE, it just amuses me when right wingers cry about a "liberal media"! If the media was as liberal as they claim they filter out some of this slime, yet it is allowed to go on in most cases. One thing that cyber-hate allows folks to do is spew without really letting you know who they are. It's just scary though that these are people we live and work with everyday.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Rache from Bowie

    Obama racist on Day 1 November 5th, 2008 7:22 pm ET

    The Chicago Sun Times (Sneed) reports that Obama is insisting that his replacement in the U.S. Senate be black.
    _______________________________________

    He did not "insist" anything so grow up retard. You seem to be as dumb as that reverse genius Palin.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Oh Yeah!!

    Who cares???They were all ignorant of the real America and American values.

    There is a great country to get on track now that the inclusive candidate won!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. delta750

    Palin and Joe the plunger should start their own Party.

    Nalin Palin with plunger party

    November 5, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. NETWERK

    Now thats it's all said and done. We should back our new president with the same faith we put into George Bush 8 years ago, and again only 4 years ago! We should not criticize Obama ALREADY! Can we AT LEAST give him a chance?

    November 5, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Scott

    They brought Palin in because she has magnetism, and clearly in the case of Scheunemann, she does. :)

    Obama supporters (like myself) shouldnt be so bitter in victory. I've already turned the page on Palin, and I look forward to see McCain back to work once he's gotten some time to rest his feet a little. I'm sure the cracks in the campaign staff during an election run is normal, we just weren't supposed to hear about it.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. blogger

    Palin will be the next senator from Alaska. Steven's will win and the Republicans in Alaska will insist he resign. Wow an opening. Palin will fill the void. Lets all hope he is defeated.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Observer

    I predict Todd files for divorce in the next few years, shaking Sarah's rigid view of the world just as Bristol did.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. happy days ahead

    THANK GOD FOR THE WONDERFUL MAN THAT BARACK OBAMA IS, AMERICA HAS BEEN DELIVERED.

    November 5, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. ron

    a smart independent

    your wrong we knew enough about our guy but our decision was made from what we knew about your guy

    November 5, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Concerned for America

    It made no difference who won this election. There will be no unity. The hate between Dems and Repubs is too great. The fighting in Congress will continue. The hate filled drivel being thrown at Americans by Americans will continue. The last time there was any unity was 911. Is that what it takes for us to come together? Why? What's wrong with us? Read what we are saying to each other.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Ben

    The hate from both sides is ridiculous, but especially the democrats.
    You won, freaking leave McCain and Palin alone, don't be sore winners.
    Hypocrisy at it's worst, democrats saying they will unify the USA when they are completely trashing everyone who isn't a democrat.
    Gotta love that.
    Republicans you lost, obama is our president, deal with it.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Joe the Plumber

    Sarah is hot.... not Ivy League smart, but that's how I like my women: good with an AR-15 and color coordinates her ensembles well. Look out Hilary cause you'll be in her crosshairs come 2012.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Ben

    Sarah Palin has the potential to be the Barack Obama of the Republican Party. If things dont go well for him the next four years, dont count her out.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Obama will lead from the middle. I believe he is more independent in his own thought process. He is not afraid to recognize a good idea, whether it's from a Republican or a Democrat.

    This country will always be grounded in opposing view points and value systems. But isn't it time that we embraced the idea that our differences are far more complex than a simple down the middle party split?

    Our political structure is outdated and I predict it will be greatly reinvented within the next 20 years.

    What I like best about Obama is that not only does he recognize such things, but he's not afraid to instigate change, as long as it's right for the majority and it's well thought through.

    President Obama, you have restored my faith in this country and today, for the first time in many, many years, I am once again proud to be an American.

    What a fantastic, magical time to be alive.

    November 5, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. be happy

    FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT BOMB, BOMB, BOMB WASN'T THAT MCCAIN AND PALINS THEME SONG? SHES JUST WHAT PEOPLE TRIED TO TELL THE REPUBLICIANS AND JOHN MCCAIN ALL ALONG, THEY IGNORED THE VOTERS OPINIONS, SO WE GAVE THEM OUR OPINON WITH OUR VOTE. MCCAINS CAMPAIGN WORKERS SHOULD SUE (PALIN AND MCCAIN.)

    November 5, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Moriartay

    All we have to do is wait...it will happen like every other Presidental Term. The love him today, and want to replace him in four years. The fickle public will surely strike again.

    November 5, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. MICHAEL WHITE BEAR

    PALIN – QUALYE 2012

    What a winning combination that would be.

    The biggest joke of the 20th. Century and the biggest joke of the 21st. Century. The pride of the neocons.

    Go Obama

    November 5, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. James Malloy

    Dear George @ 9:44 PM,

    Bob Dole ran as the Republican VP candidate with Gerald Ford back in 1976. Ford and Dole lost that year, but Dole (as a losing VP) later went on to get the GOP nomination in 1996. Also, in 1984, Walter Mondale got the Dem nomination after being the losing VP candidate in the 1980 election (although, in that example, he was a sitting VP when he lost).

    November 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I find it disgusting that no one in the Republican camp has held Palin the least bit accountable for her mistakes/missteps (or maybe that's really who she is). The right has blamed everybody and everything for the position that Palin has actually created for herself.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Greg the Banker

    Soap Opera stories are entertaining, but real interested in the four U.S. Senate races still out. I am a life long Democrat and having 60 seats scares me a bit. Could it be possible that Barack will have to define his success by keeping his own party at bay in Congress? Even more interested in how Barack and Congressional leaders plan to engage the 50 Million Americans who thought Senator McCain was more qualified. I'm doing my part with my colleagues, but I will tell ya.. it will be rough. That is real news.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. cs

    Now at least 2 people have found out that being on Gov. Palin side is a serious mistake. The one person I feel sorry for is Sen. McCain he should have stuck by his beleafs and picked his own running mate and ran an honest campain on the issues not on vile smears. The only hope is the GOP learns that looking back is not what people want we need people to look forward. It is quite clear that the american people are sick of the normal B.S. and want something new. I was going to vote McCain until he started the run of the mill Campain that made me vote for President-Elect Obama. My only hope now is that he shows black america that he is for everyone and not just them.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Rick L.

    I found it fitting that John McCain played the musical score from the movie, "Crismon Tide" as he left the stage at the Biltmore. He was the old cold war hero who was proven wrong by the young man with the fresh outlook and plan and in recognition of such, as Gene Hackman did in the movie with Denzel Washington, McCain told his supporters that President elect Barack Obama should be given his next command as soon as possible. Both men had their differences but both had nothing but respect for the other at the end of this.

    That was a fitting musical score for McCain to bow out to and given the movie that it was taken from, I think it personified and summed everything that McCain is about and has stood for for over 50 years of service to this country. That was life almost imitating art right there.

    November 5, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. nolaf

    I find it disgusting that the Republicans, or even some of the public and the press, have not held Palin accountable one bit for any of her actions or words. The right has blamed everyone and everything under the sun for the position (hole?) that she has actually created for herself.

    November 5, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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