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. Dave

    The right decision was made America.................your country is in shambles on the world stage.

    Obama is the right man for the job and is definitely not part of the old boys club in Washington.

    He will reach across boarders and bring America back into the world community.

    November 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Peter of Oregon

    Thank God we didn't elect McCain/Palin... They had serious problems even before the election process. God answers prayers.

    November 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. bentley

    My mom always thought it would happen one day. She isn't around on earth to see it. I'll bet she's just a clappin' and shouting in heaven OBAMA!! OBAMA!!!!!! OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Me

    Sally, you said, "Sarah is a smart woman...".

    Exactly what are you basing this statement on? Just curious.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. n

    I pose the question why just today in the news reports are describing our new President as black not Africian Americian Barack Obama. Throughout the day, I heard several news personnel make this statement in the news! We must BE political correct in when were making references to people in public and in our own private sectors.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. WV Minister

    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. –1 Timothy 2:1, 2

    I did not support either Mr. Obama or John McCain but I will certainly follow the counsel of God and pray for our new president and the rest of the government.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Not4MoreYears

    If she was this divisive within the ticket, just try to imagine how much damage she'd have done to the country.......

    Yikes. Dodged a bullet here, folks.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Yes we did

    Scheunemann's defection to Palin makes total sense. Just as Rove hitched is star to Bush early on, Scheunemann sees Palin as someone to ride to the White House. Of course, I expect the US public is much to smart for that; especially since I doubt many people will ever consider her qualified after this atrocious campaign.

    That said, I agree with some of the other posters here; it's time to be nice. Confront the lies; llet the personal stuff go.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. sambita

    There is bigger fish than Palin to fry at the moment. With the Presidency, Senate and the House all democrat, who will "balance" things out going forward? When reality sets in and "checks and balances" are gone, the ugliness begins. This smells like a third world country now. And the wild ride begins...

    Food for thought – accept responsibility for your choices and hope that you can live with them.

    BTW, does anyone know of a politician who actually delivered on a campaign promise? ... Didn't think so and this time will be no different. May God have mercy for us all.

    November 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. little barack

    i guess chicago sun times (Sneed) always tells the truth.

    November 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Stacy

    You fools have no idea yet what you have done...

    November 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Marie in Georgia

    Our focus now should be on unifying America. One thing President Elect Obama consistently stated we can not operate as parts but as a whole. Let us get on board and support this great union with work, prayers, hope, and unity. AMERICA YES WE CAN!!! This is bigger than Obama this is about all of us. Our COUNTRY need all of us to get on board. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD HELP AMERICA!!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Hmmm

    Close? How close?

    November 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. jesse

    "marxist idealogy" .. maybe once this person learns to spell and punctuate then they will also possess the ability to understand politics.

    November 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Kate

    Ah yes, let the stories of inside bickering begin! Aside from basking in the Obama victory, I surely enjoy reading about how those jerks screwed themselves.

    November 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Kate

    Ah yes, let the stories of inside bickering begin! Aside from basking in the Obama victory, I surely enjoy reading about how those jerks screwed themselves.

    November 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. Laura

    I really don't get how evangelicals are talking about Palin in 2012 and have completely forgotten Huckabee! I mean, everyone loved that guy and liberals, independants or whatever, really laughed at the idea of a former minister as president and then the guy won many people over. He comes across as a very moral, co-operative and thoughtful person. So why have evangelicals abandoned him in favor of a woman that everyone who is not far right wing republican recoils at?

    November 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. bill for barack

    Even money says that Palin put him up to it.
    McCain should be checking his back today for stab wounds inflicted there by Palin herself.

    November 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. AMY OF DAYTON, OHIO

    Hum, I wonder how close they got. No telling with all that WINKING. Look folks, lets all be glad those uneducated weirdos are gone. I just read the resume on the McCain/Palin ticket, and it is a crude shame to the American people, we were almost HOOD WINKED. We have been blessed with a leader who is going to help us get our country back on the right track and respect in the world. We have got to focus on our future. We have jobs to create and savings to restore. Lets all e-mail our state representatives and congress and tell them what we want in our communities. Look Barackans, we have got a country to get back. The less we talk about those clowns, and the more attention we give our future, the more blessed we will be. Lets all support our new President and Vice President. We've got Change now. I feel so good. CHANGE HAS COME.

    November 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Tiff of lithia springs

    Sally,

    Just say no to drugs.

    November 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Kit

    Palin a smart woman? You must have very low standards.

    November 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. jen

    sarah oh sarah partial reason mccain lost the state of ohio.
    a poll today showed top 3 reasons for mc losing ohio.
    #1 economy
    #2 no issues just digging dirt with mostly lies
    #3 sarah palin

    November 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. avatar

    I would love & pray to see Sarah Palin runs again in 2012.. It means and automatic ticket for another Democratic candidate to win.. I did not vote for Obama or McBush but I am happy and congratulate for Mr. President Obama. He is at least young, energetic and smart to lead the US out of this current mess..

    For Palin, the media did not tear her apart. She did it herself. She can easily say "I don't know" about Russia.. about foreign policy.. just be frank and down to earth rather than bluffing her way out of the questions..

    November 5, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Robin

    I hope the GOP really take a good hard look at Palin and realize that they lost the election because of her.

    November 5, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. republicans hate america

    YAWN!! we voted for Barak so we dont have to hear the republicans anymore.

    November 5, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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