May 12th, 2008
06:40 AM ET
15 years ago

Campaign advisers quit over foreign links, meetings

(CNN) - John McCain and Barack Obama both lost campaign advisers this weekend because of problematic foreign relationships.

Doug Goodyear, McCain’s Convention chief executive officer, and Doug Davenport, one of his regional campaign managers, both resigned after Newsweek reported that GOP firm DCI - where Goodyear had served as CEO and Davenport had headed the lobbying effort - had represented Myanmar’s ruling military junta.

“Today I offered my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign,” Goodyear wrote in a statement released by the McCain campaign Sunday. “I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign.”

Earlier, Robert Malley – an unpaid Middle East policy adviser to the Obama campaign – resigned after hearing the Times of London was planning to report on his meetings with Hamas in his role as head of the International Crisis Group. Obama himself has said that he would not meet with the Palestinian group.

"My job with the International Crisis Group is to meet with all sorts of savory and unsavory people and report on what they say. I've never denied whom I meet with; that's what I do,” Malley told NBC News in a weekend interview.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. linda-Texas

    Another piece of the Senator Obama puzzle. The picture becomes more clear every day but millions of people continue to ignore the truth and blindly support the Obama "fairy tale".

    Senator Obama is far beyond unqualified, he is dangerous.

    May 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Kirk

    Malley is an UNPAID adviser to the campaign. In his work with the International Crisis Group, he obviously has contacts with people that Obama would not have direct contact with... but that's exactly the reason that he is able to provide information and perspective that Obama would not otherwise have. I think that it's good that he surrounds himself with advisers who can increase his understanding of a situation. It does not mean that 'Obama is a terrorist,' for goodness' sake... or even that Malley is. Good grief!

    May 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. I'll vote McCain instead

    I'm tired of the comments by Obama supporters so I'm voting against the ideology of my party, significantly altering the future of our country, and punishing Obama for something he didn't do just to spite sme random bloggers that I'll probably never meet in my entire life! When I get drafted to Iraq, that" show those bloggers what for!

    May 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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