[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/21/art.macraise0221.jm08.jpg caption="The McCain campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters Thursday that cited a front-page New York Times article."]
(CNN) – John McCain’s presidential campaign wasted no time taking advantage of an article in the New York Times which portrayed a relationship with a female lobbyist that troubled his advisers nearly a decade ago.
The article “is particularly disgusting – an un-sourced hit-and-run smear campaign designed to distract from the issues at stake in this election,” McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, wrote in a e-mail to supporters Thursday afternoon.
“We need your help to counteract the liberal establishment and fight back against the New York Times by making an immediate contribution today,” the e-mail also said in text that links to an online contribution form on the McCain campaign’s website.
–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart