July 21st, 2007
07:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Former McCain staffer joining opponent's team

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN)–Republican Duncan Hunter's presidential campaign announced Saturday that former McCain staffer Patrick Anderson has signed on as Hunter's Iowa director.

"It wasn't a hard decision at all," Anderson told CNN. "It's interesting because about four hours after I committed to McCain, [the Hunter people] called and said they wanted me. I would have gone with Hunter in the first place, but the McCain people had been on and off before Hunter made the decision."

Anderson was coalition director of field operations for John McCain's presidential campaign, but was one of a handful of staffers laid off in early July. Before working for the Arizona senator, he was also the Iowa director for Chicago businessman John Cox, a Republican presidential candidate whose campaign, according to Anderson, has "sort of failed to take off nationally."

Duncan Hunter, a California congressman, currently has three other staffers working under Anderson in Iowa.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Duncan Hunter • Iowa • John McCain
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    From one loser to another.

    July 22, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. LR, Pa.

    I agree!

    July 22, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous


    July 22, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    Who is he??

    July 22, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. JMW, NC

    Duncan Hunter is the absolute best choice for President of the United States. He's extremely strong in so many areas that are important to a majority of American. Hunter walks the walk. I invite everyone to research the man before condemning him.

    July 28, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Gary C. Huggins, Alpine, CA

    Duncan Hunter is clearly the best candidate. His record is consistently conservative. As a Vietnam vet and former Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Hunter is the qualified on national defense and the WOT, secure the border and enforce existing laws on immigration, protect the 2nd amendment and protect the unborn. Visit his site at http://www.gohunter08.com for mote information.

    August 6, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |