(CNN) - The effort to unseat Gov. Deval Patrick is kindling the bipartisan spirit in Massachusetts. Tim Cahill, a former Democrat who became an independent last year, announced Friday that he had signed up four veterans of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.
The McCainites include John Weaver, who was the senator's longtime political adviser, and speechwriter Mark Salter, who the Cahill campaign describes as McCain's "alter ego." Cahill also said he has brought on two other McCain political minds: John Yob and Mike Dennehy. "These guys are the best in the business," Cahill said in a statement.
The four new hires are joining Tad Devine, a top Democratic strategist who was already working for Cahill.
Cahill has served as the commonwealth's treasurer since 2003 and before that held various local posts. He is seeking 10,000 signatures to get on the November ballot. The field includes Patrick, a high-profile Democrat with ties to President Obama, and Republican challengers Charlie Baker and Christy Mihos.
Cahill is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and, you guessed it, independence from party politics. His running mate, former state lawmaker Paul Loscocco, was previously a Republican.