May 18th, 2008
04:26 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain's national finance co-chair resigns

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's national finance co-chairman has stepped down - the latest adviser to leave the Republican senator's presidential campaign due to ties with lobbyists.

Former Texas Congressman Thomas G. Loeffler, a major fundraiser for McCain, is the fifth person to leave the campaign in the last eight days over questions about lobbying or past connections to lobbyists.

"Mr. Loeffler has resigned from his position with the campaign," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN Sunday.

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Franky

    I'm on to you GOP, I'm on to you..........just keep doing what you're doing, you'll be fine......LOL!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    This is good judgement on McCains part. His VP choice will determine just how formidable a candidate he will be in November.
    I've read other comments that say a true democrat will not vote for McCain. What do you think of the Reagan Democrats? A lot of them, myself included, could not stomach the Democrats nominee. The same thing will happen if Obama is the nominee. You want to YELL race. Never mind the fact his doesn't salute the flag. Never mind that he sat in an Anti-American church for twenty years. Never mind he would rather vote present then take a stand. Never mind his wife is as Anti-American as he is. Never mind he can say he is for change and rely on the old guard for his support. Never mind he thinks of women as "sweeties". Never mind he has some very unsavory friends. Never mind he will meet with our adversaries, unconditionally. With a lot more 'never minds' in his resume, I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November.

    May 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Donald, Canton NC

    Seems like McCain should withdraw as well.

    Every day more revelations of his own connections to lobbyists and helping them out, legislatively, at the expense of the taxpayer.

    So much, for someone againest earmarks, lobbyists, etc. Seems he's gotten his share of the spoils as well as others.

    Where is the shame in this "Straight-talk Express"? Nothing but a bunch of typical Washington crap.

    May 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. carrie

    we dont really care
    we just want hillbilly to drop out,then fast forward to november,where you lose shamefully
    and then obama becomes president
    then we can see a new dawn in america.with hope and change
    then we will all hold hands together,smile and sing
    "free at last,free at last
    thank God almighty,we are free at last

    May 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Can it be any clearer that McCain has used his influence with his lobbyist friends to control certain issues. My God! People open your eyes and ears. It is a bit late for this person to resign from McCain's campaign after he has accomplished what he set out to accomplish at least with regard to this contract.

    May 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. 4 OBAMA '08

    It's hard to believe there are some people who are so angry and so racist they will vote for McCain in Nov. Well, I make enough to survive 4 more years, but do you? If you want your sons and daughters to stay in Iraq and you want your car to stay in garage b/c you can't afford gas, so be it. But, you should be thinking again. And stop saying Obama stole the election. He was not the one who told FL and MI to violate the rules and he's not the one who will decide how the delegates will be seated. TIME FOR CHANGE! DEMS UNITE IN '08!!!

    May 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Independent

    Bif deal. McCain still has to much of a connection with big time lobbyists. When is he going to let Charlie Black go. The American people are sick of special interest groups who are only looking to put money in their pockets, and not back into the hands of the people here. McCain has no understanding of what a crisis we are in.

    May 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. carrie

    this shouldnt be news.
    maccain and hillary are old washington
    old washington and lobbyists go together

    May 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. s.positive

    Now that the democrats have a norminee, the republican party will begin to find out why nov 2008 is their worst nightmare...

    May 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. 4 OBAMA '08

    Oh, and all the while McCain and all his buddies will be lining their pockets with $$$ for lobbyist, foreign governments and rebuild Iraq contracts. You realize which companies are getting all the contracts to rebuild and train in Iraq don't you? Billions of dollars to Republican cronies. So... think twice.

    May 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. CA Independent Chris

    It will be fun watching McCain's cadaver picked clean. Wait til they start going after his wife and her family! Talk about super-rich, Machiavellian evil!

    May 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Independent in Florida

    Gee, wizz., there will be no one left pretty soon.

    There is nothing like exhibiting good management skills by hiring ethical people in a presidential campaign.

    One has to wonder how the McCain Government is going to look like.

    May 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. taylor richmond virginia

    If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to hear it................

    May 18, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Chipster

    McCain has already become a walking contradiction, not just a flip-flop, but a complete hypocrite. Snuggling up to Bush, Dobson, etc. – Pathetic. He was once considered a maverick but he has sold out big-time!

    He sold out on torture. He said water boarding is torture and that the U.S. doesn't torture anyone. Then, he voted against banning water boarding. He sold out our Constitution, our reputation, our economy, our justice, and his dignity.

    May 18, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Truth

    Good move to follow Obama's footsteps...
    Now: who has more experience? Who is the leader and follower?

    May 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Chuck

    I noticed this line...

    McCain helped scuttle an earlier contract that would have gone to a competitor, Boeing Co.

    What's wrong with keeping jobs in the US of A, John?
    Not enough money in it for YOU?

    May 18, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Democrat/Hilalry supporter for McCain

    This only highlights McCain's integrity. He stands by what he says. He's getting ready for the general election, so that he can pull out all of the stops with full confidence.

    May 18, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. DrFill

    A new coat of dirt under McCain's fingernails..

    May 18, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Voter from CT

    Good! I'm for Obama and/or Clinton, mainly Obama, but I admire Mccains stance on this.

    May 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. @americans

    McShame is fraud!

    A vote for McShame is a vote for Lobbyist!!! – same old washignton politics insiders!!!!!

    By the time Obama trounce McShame in the GE, he will be looking for his bearings to cindy "botox face" Darfur genocide blood money millions!

    May 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    CNN ,





    May 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. MDW

    The beginning of the end the -connect the dots..

    May 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. alexis

    Oh yes, McCain also said he will veto bills with earmarks in them. He is already tainted with his lobbyists. Go Obama!

    May 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Cindy in California

    Is it just me or does anyone else see a parallel here? McCain has already had resignations to his "administration" Pres Bush has had resignations throughout his administration. I see a pattern of dirty dealing and faulty organizational skills among the republicans. The warning signs are already there.

    May 18, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. joyce

    well what does one expect. he is a phoney

    May 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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