April 1st, 2008
02:55 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain operative steps down from lobbying firm

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Veteran Republican operative Charles Black stepped down from his job as chairman of a high-profile Washington lobbying and consulting firm, effective Tuesday, to move full time to the McCain presidential campaign, GOP sources tell CNN.

Black is a senior McCain adviser and one of his top campaign confidantes. He also is one of several top McCain advisers whose work at lobbying firms has been cited by McCain critics in challenging the senator’s credentials or commitment to lobbying and other political reforms.

Black, a veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush political operations, was until Tuesday the chairman of BKSH & Associates. But the firm says he is now at the campaign full time, and referred all inquiries to the McCain headquarters. Black did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment, but two GOP sources, one of them a McCain campaign official, told CNN of the move and said it had been in the works since it became clear McCain would be the Republican presidential nominee.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis is a former lobbyist who left his firm last year to work at the campaign full time.

–CNN's John King and Mark Preston

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Ronald, for you information McCain is a senator in Washington because he was one of Keating Five that bankrupted the S&L and got off with a promise to do good while Keating and his young son went to prison. I felt sorry for Keating's wife because they were financially destroyed and Cindy and John McCain profited.

    April 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Tim

    McLame = fraud. He claims to be about reform and open government but the truth sets him free. Hes too long in Washington and needs to be sent home.

    April 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Mike G

    from war hero to sell-out; if he killed Christ would the right-wing media forgive him?

    April 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Grif

    Build. Build. Build... John.. Surround yourself with Experience...

    April 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Tell the truth

    Beware aware Hillary Supports and Obama.

    Do not vote for McCain just out of anger. Do you want another 4 years of Bush. Think about your children.

    Please vote Obama or Hilliary.

    April 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Al, Sacramento Ca

    McCain- ready to serve Bush's third term!!!

    April 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Al, Sacramento Ca

    McCain= more borrowed money more borrowed time.

    April 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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