(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.
How does Todd feel about this?
It is sad to see in some of the other boards that the GOP and their goons are already trying to come up with ways to sabbotage any of the things that Obama will try to put forth but.......
IT IS YOU ALL'S CORONATION because American's will be watching. Obama will be a transparent and sincere president just like he was a candidate and you better believe that the media will be covering him as often as they can; therefore any screw up from the Republicans camp will only cost them more seats in Congress and the House. Please keep in mind that in another 2 years, there will be other general and local elections for some of these very seats. Therefore I would urge all of you trouble makers to think Twice!!!
Mc Cain will still say she was the best thing that happened to his campaign 60% of the voters said it was a big mistake.. This group is all history now.
Now I am starting to feel sorry for McCain-was he "had" by Palin?
Did she use him to push her in to the Political Limelight? Interesting.
"Everyone needs to leave Sarah Palin alone and look at themselves. She is a stropng woman who helpped the campaign in so many ways.!!!!"
Yeah, helped it to lose.
Helped THEM?? She apologized for losing voters for McCain. How is that helping? Even she knows that she was a liability to his campaign.
Leave her alone?? Yeah, I'll leave her alone alright. I hope she goes back to being the nothing that she was before all of this.
The bacon is being thrown to the Piranhas. It will be fun to watch the McCain campaign "kill their mate and eat their young."
The campaign is over. They should all be fired and go work in the oil fields. They pay better. Yea Obama. I had no doubts! America has spoken!
I am impressed by how well this country is coming together. Even on this forum, the mojority of Republicans are gracious in defeat, and willing to come together and offer their support to work together for a common purpose. There will always be the fringe element like 'truth hurts' who try to tear us down, but I urge everyone to simply ignore the negativity, embrace each otehr & look ahead.
Dems, please be equally gracious winners, and recognize the positives of everyone, & refrain from flaming the divide.
The campaign is over. They should all be fired and go work in Alaska with Palin for 2012. Yea Obama. I had no doubts! America has spoken!
Sarah Palin could very well be the major reason why the Republicans lost this election.
Two thirds of undecideds, those whose swing vote chose the president, thought that she was a terrible pick.
Second, my 10 year old cousin could do a better job as VP than this woman.
Third, she is pro-life, even in the case of rape and incest!!! Oh my God.
When asked by Katie Couric, she said she would counsel a girl who was impregnated by he father, to keep the baby.
God was looking down last night..
The voice of the people is the voice of God.
Ummm..... Texas Teacher-
"No Holds Barred" is a wrestling term borrowed by popular culture to mean "anything goes."
"No holes barred" is a tongue in cheek joke referencing the wrestling term, generally used in hardcore pornography to imply that every hole in the female star will be penetrated.
I'm not trying to be vulgar, but I thought as a teacher, you might want to know why your students are snickering every time you say "no holes barred."
Who cares? Bottom line...this campaign was the poorest run campaign ever. Only one person can take blame for that...John McCain. Thank God he was not elected. That is all we need...a president incapable of leading.
To "Sally" your way of thinking is the reason why the republicans lost the election. And, you just keep right on waiting...you will be waiting for nothing & forever.
Sue- haha give me a break McCain's campaign was full of flat out lies and it has been proven by numerous unbiased organizations keep living in your hole. You come back to us in 4 years and apologize for being so ignorant.
Never in my life have I seen so many people being such sore losers. GET OVER IT and rally behind Obama because whether you like him or not he is your President. EVERYONE must work together in order for our country to get out of this hole the Republicans have dug for us.
by the way I am not American, but I love America some good things. for American to elect a black person it will restores america's credibilty
Get over it repub's you lost.
Well, it's not surprising that Palin was trying to do an end run around McCain. It just shows her true character (or rather, lack thereof). So I wonder, is she really going to give back all those clothes? What, does she think the stores will take them back now that she's shed her crocodile tears all over them? Considering the comment from the Sun Times reader above, I heard Palin spent even more money on clothes, so two can spread rumors as well as one , "Obama racist".
How fitting that people are talking about Palin in 2012. That's when the Mayan long count and the Bible code say the world's going to end. Hey, maybe she's the antichrist! She's definitely not a Christian.
McCain ran a poor campaign, and he had a tough battle to begin with period! It is over!
Palin was and is the only authentic breath of fresh air in the whole election cycle!
I am a former democrat and Hillary supporter turned Independent. And, I would vote for Palin over McCain, Obama, Biden or Hillary any day! Four more years! :)
Obama, the stealth candidate, won via money, media and Alinsky community organizer strategies! I have heard far too many charismatic and/or influential speakers to be impressed by his rhetoric! :(
Now, let us see if he can keep his promises!
For the first time in many years Eorope where i'm from cheered and was proud of the U.S.
You voted for the best candidate, you voted for the future, you voted for hope and change witch is needed so bad after 8 years of Bush.
Im proud of you and I pray you'll find together as ONE country and not seperated in blue and red states, winners and looser...a president is a president for the whole nation, rich and poor, conservative or democrate. I pray oh I pray.
Obarma is the best that could happen to the world regarding the U.S and europe relationship...regarding the climate and reducing the polution, regarding the war in iraq, regarding the U.S to take care of its citizens and provide a tomorrow, where healthcare and education is available and in the long run it will strenghten the U.S in the world.
Thank you so much for voting Obarma... for the first time in 8 years I can say,... Im proud of you "over there".
Where are the clothes that Sarah promised to the homeless ladies?
It takes two to tango. Mr. Schuenemann would not have to spread the division between Palin and McCain, if Mrs. Palin didn't contribute to the discussion. It seems Palin was using McCain's run to build her own 2012 dream.
"Scheunemann became close with Palin during her debate prep process." I love the innuendo. Lol.
I'm just glad the American people saw through this complete farce and sent Sarah packing. Hopefully, she will fade into the annals of history and not rear her ugly head again in 2012.
The day when the Republicans candidates learn to treat their opponents with a bit of respect instead so much trashing and being so arrogants, that will be day the people will turn the vote to them. How do feel to be at the bottom of the trash can? well deserve it!