July 16th, 2007
10:29 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain's communications team out

McCain faced more staff resignations Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's embattled presidential campaign took another hit Monday when almost his entire press shop resigned their posts.

The decision by Brian Jones, Danny Diaz, Matt David, research director Brian Rogers and South Carolina press secretary Adam Temple to step down was not unexpected, but was yet another sign the Arizona senator will have to rebuild a campaign - that once boasted a roster filled with some of the GOP's most talented political operatives - from scratch.

"It has been my sincere honor and privilege to serve Senator John McCain," Diaz wrote in his departure email. "Best of luck to each and every one of you in the days and weeks ahead."

Today's resignations come less than one week after several senior staffers including Campaign Manager Terry Nelson and Chief Strategist John Weaver stepped down when the Arizona senator sought to restructure the campaign operation.

Moving forward, McCain's New Hampshire spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker will head the press shop, while longtime confidante Rick Davis will lead the campaign.

- CNN's Mark Preston and Candy Crowley

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Let me guess - McCain is still "confident!" about his campaign.

    Anytime a politian says they are "confident" about something, that's when you know whatever follows is 100% pure BS.

    July 16, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Providence, RI

    McCain's Titanic is sinking...

    July 16, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Jason Mesa, AZ

    The one trick pony needs to take a hint.

    July 16, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Atlanta,GA

    I've supported him in the past but he is too tied to the current situation in Iraq. Give us some alternatives to the status quo and I'll consider him again.

    July 16, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. New Hampshire

    I feel sorry for the people who donated to his campaign.

    July 16, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. johnnyb

    Please just quit- The old tired lines serve no purpose anymore. Bankrupting the nation and inflating 3/4 of the population out of existence is not an answer. Go Home, please!

    July 16, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. heather, IL

    well gee, i guess if you can't PAY people to support you – then you won't have much support...

    is that how this works? well, for MOST of the candidates that is... SOME of them that is...

    July 16, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Disabled Vet Arizona

    Another one bites the dust. Guess its time to once again mention Ron Paul and his "long shot" campaign....thats still gaining momentum...still raised more than McCain... but yet the MSM ignores him... their treason will be dealt with.

    July 16, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Jeff S., San Francisco, CA

    I think the mainstream media has not done a great job so far of telling us who the so-called "top tier" candidates are versus the so-called "second tier" candidates are.

    It turns out that Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has a lot going for him even though the mainstream media continues to try to ignore the facts:

    1. Ron Paul more cash on hand than McCain and any of the other so-called "second-tier candidates."

    2. Ron Paul has almost as much net cash on hand as Mitt Romney (to get that number, you deduct the $9 million of debt that the Romney campaign owes).

    3. Ron Paul has been the number one most searched person on the entire blogosphere for the last three months straight per http://www.technorati.com

    4. Ron Paul has more than 4 times as many volunteers as Obama, 22 times more volunteers than Hillary, and hundreds of times more volunteers than Giuliani or Romney, per Meetup.com. In addition, new Ron Paul volunteers is growing at a rate of 36 times faster than Obama, and 96 times faster than Hillary as documented at:


    5. Liberty is popular and honesty is popular. Ron Paul leads in polls of people who have heard him speak. And it is still 5 months before the primaries, so there is still plenty of time for Ron Paul's message to grow.


    Go Ron Paul Revolution 2008!!!


    July 16, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Greg, Albany, NY

    This is the second news item concerning the faltering McCain campaign, and not a SINGLE word investigating why. I think it's time you improved your analysis and began examining the nature of this campaign more closely.

    July 16, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Fran C

    Maybe that amnesty bill didn't go over so well with the American people?

    July 16, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Cameron Charlotte, NC

    John McCain is done. Please drop out Senator, and do not waste our time by participating in another debate. You have no chance at winning. You are not a legitimate candidate any longer.

    July 16, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Greg , ashburn VA

    why doesn't this 70 something year old man give up He doen't have a chance to be the # 1 on the GOP ticket does he? Would he accept #2 VP spot ?

    July 16, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Buddy, Houston, Texas

    Dear CNN,

    Why do you keep publicizing McCain? His pro-Bush, pro-Iraq war rhetoric is becoming increasing out of touch with reality.

    I, for one, would like to see CNN provide less about McCain and more about Ron Paul. Paul is a Republican candidate whose views and proposed solutions contrast sharply with both the other Republicans and with the Democrats. The country needs to hear about Dr. Paul and what he has to say.

    July 16, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Rick, St. Louis, MO.

    Once a man of integrity, but then stooped to embrace and support the most corrupt President in our history... birds of a feather, flock togeter... McCain deserves this ending.

    July 16, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Jack M., Los Angeles, CA

    Here's is a media darling frontrunner so we are told that has somewhere near 20 percent of those polls in NH and he is broke? It goes to show you the polls are a fraud.

    He probably had 20 percent of a 300 person chamber of commerce poll. Thats why he is broke. The charlatans are being exposed.

    Of couse they will somehow allow him stay in the debates, and even pay his airfaree, so he can take time away from Ron Paul and help gang up on him in the debates. Rudy will probably loan or give McCain the cash. The first debate question should be why does a candidate who is dead broke get the front and center position on the stage?

    Second debate question should be: who paid your airfare?

    What a hoax, at least people now can see it with open eyes.

    Go Ron Paul 2008!!!


    July 16, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. jonh q

    So let's see, Mccain is Broke
    and has lost his team.

    Ron Paul ~ 2.5 million in the bank
    and gaining steam.

    so will CNN call him a top-tier candidate now????

    July 16, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Merrill Keith, Little Rock, AR

    sorry for the bad news McCain supporters, come check out Ron Paul.


    July 16, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. jack, Phoenix, AZ

    Oh, I guess it is someone else's fault. Nobody in the party wants McCann. He's a liberal pretending to be a Republican.

    July 16, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. JQ

    McCain has less cash than Ron Paul.
    McCain's on the downswing.
    Ron Paul is on the upswing.

    July 16, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Clayton, Lansing MI

    If he can not appoint responsible people to manage his campaign and finances, it is a foreshadowing to his leadership capability and outsourcing of responsibility to the people he surrounds himself with. Pointing fingers and shifting blame is what we are dealing with in this current administration. We are looking for a strong responsible leader that reflects it in his/her current position, and the quality of people he/she appoints. I hope more candidates will weed themselves out with such blatancy.

    July 16, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. John, Phoenix, AZ

    it is fatal that Titanic will sink since he stepped on the same boat with Bush.

    July 16, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. John in Cornfield, Indiana

    McCain would have issued a Press Release about this, but there's nobody left in his Press Office...

    I would say that the "Straight Talk Express" has come off the rails and its boiler is ready to go....

    July 16, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. sherman

    He gave in to the "Bush" way and it's cost him independent votes.

    July 16, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Jay

    Does anyone else get the feeling that there are like 3 actual ron paul supporters on here just using different names? Seriously, very, very few people are interested in him. Most of us like to live within the realms of possibility.

    July 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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