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. Jawahar Chirimar

    so Huckabee pointed gun at Obama
    McCain will point a tree and rope with his white hat on?

    there is no other way to beat him

    May 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. After further review,Texas

    I meant at the doctors office,when all the legalized drug sellers get ahead of the line to push their bag of goodies and bribes.

    May 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Jeanne

    McCain having all of his lobbyist buddies hide while he runs for president shouldn't fool anyone that he's broken ties. They all come at of the woodwork again should he win the White House. It's all part of the doubletalk express.

    May 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. The Oracle

    Lol. So who wants to defend this man now after he's had to overhaul his whole staff because of "shady" connections. AND THIS STILL IS NOT GETTING THE PRESS IT WOULD GET IF THIS WAS OBAMA.

    May 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. maria

    Business as usual.

    May 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Marcus B

    I'm glad someone said something to Charlotte. Anyhow, who does John McSame think he's fooling. 5 lobbyists working for his campaign quit.....IN ONE WEEK!!!! If that is not the biggest attention getter in this whole presidential race, I don't know what is. Out of nowhere, he is going to try and run an Obama/Edwards type campaign by booting out the lobbyists and using a recycled slogan from an anti-depressant. Anybody that votes for this man is a fool. When people start catching up with him being a snake, he tries to straighten up and fly right. NO JOHN!!!! The point is to have a strong message of change from the beginning, not when you see it working for your opponent. He just cracks me up. And I better not see his sneaky little wife on the stump for him, because she's just as much a lobbyist as Thomas Loeffler and the other 4 that quit in recent days. What scares me even more about this exodus of lobbyists, is all of the people quitting are not just your everyday campaign workers, they are the ones essentially running his campaign. You can't pretend you didn't know that one of your main fundraisers had lobbyist connections. If he didn't know, then that further shows how John McCain is losing his bearings. And that was a direct attack at how ancient he is.

    May 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. John

    I am a Reagan Democrat and I am also a white male blue collar worker. A Police Officer who worked in the inner city projects and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. I frankly cant stomach even the most middle of the road republicans at this point. After what they did in Congress under Delay..then Hastert and under this administration is simply disgraceful and unforgiveable. Im willing to give the left a chance while I dont embrace the far left ideology I have no doubt Obama will govern more fairly for all.

    May 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. The Oracle

    And could the Hillbillys stop filling blogs with their hate when it has nothing to do with Hillary. Sheesh!!! Whether I'm reading about Joe Biden or Mighty Joe young I see some Hillbilly like April talking about Hill when the article isn't even about her.

    May 18, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Chris in Texas

    Haha....I can hear the sirens of this plane going down....'May day, may day.....we're going down!'

    I can't wait until we have a dem in the WH and hold this administration accountable!

    May 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. alice2Fresno,CA

    Like all Lobbyists it's" what's in it for me." He has already collected on it, or been promised it, eventho he's out now. Obama 08

    May 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Ell from Texas

    More of the same................just old Washington! that's why Bush didn't ruffle any of his oil buddies. And now comes across, at the end trying to modify this BAD situation. Bush and more of the sameMcain will do the country in!!!


    May 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. 75,000 at Obama rally in Portland Oregon..


    In 1985, there were 300 lobbyists in DC, now there are 31,000 registered lobbyists.


    May 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Tired of all the Flap

    I guess John McCain is mowing over everything possible that he sees that can get in his way whenever he begins the real test of campaigning in the next month. Shame on you McCain to deceive your supporters and the Republican party. The preacher came out and apologized to Catholics but not to New Orleans in which you blasted George Bush for not taking the responsibility of all of those misplaced people during Kartina. There will be other things, you are not sqeaky clean (wife drug addiction, wife's taxes, why you preferred to stay a prisoner of war when you could have come home just to name a few) that you will not get the press time that you deserve. Why don't you file your medical reports? Are ;you getting someone to doctor those to show nothing's wrong with your health? There are many questions that people should be asking you, Mr. McCain.

    May 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Jane L.

    Looks as though it's a good thing McCain has been given the time he has by the Democrats. He can use it to weed out all those campaign operatives who have ties to lobbyists, and apparently there are quite a few.

    May 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. MavTx

    VETTING MCCAIN – is McCain resigning from his campaign. He's nothing but a lobbyist in senator clothing. SERIOUSLY, I want to talk about McCain's experience.

    How about the Keating-5 scandal. McCain certainly learned a lesson back in 1989, the ‘wrong’ lesson. He learned how to find a good excuse to be in the middle of questionable land deals that always benefits his friends, (rich and powerful friends).

    Since McCain has an established disturbing pattern of misusing his role as a lawmaker by creating laws and loopholes.

    Friday's, 5/9/08 Washington Post’s article reported how McCain championed legislation that will let Arizona rancher Fred Ruskin do a land swap. Another suspect land swap benefited Steven A. Betts, one of McCain's top campaign fundraisers. Betts is among a string of donors who have benefited from McCain-engineered land swaps. In 1994, it was land developer Del Webb Corp., in 1991 and 1994 supporting donor Donald R. Diamond's benefited from 2 McCain sponsored bills, and also in the late 1990s, McCain promoted a deal to help billionaire Carl H. Lindner Jr.

    The article quotes, "When the public trust intersects with private interests, basically, he (McCain) has favored land development . . . in every case," said Rob Smith, director of the Sierra Club's Arizona affiliate.

    OK, so you don't want to talk about McCain's epereince in land swaps. How about we discuss something else. More serious than McCain incessantly flip-flopping on the issues (even bills he sponsors), he has consistently demonstrated throughout his political career that he is guilty of double-speak. Opponents in Arizona are reported as often being baffled by the McCain's seemingly contradictory positions. People (including those on the same side of the issue) that have worked with him say it best, "The bizarre thing to me regarding McCain is, we spent a lot of time with his staff, and we all seemed to be on the same page about the problems with this swap. But somehow, John McCain kept pushing it forward."

    In review of all these land swaps, the McCain-Feingold bill that birthed the 527’s, the loophole law that allows his to legally to fly on his wife’s company plane paid for by taxpayers and campaign expense, and not mentioning the Keating shopping center McCain's wife and her father had invested $359,100 in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators, McCain’s ex-close friend Charles Keating of the infamous K5 called him, “A wimp”, and it seems he’s a whole lot more.

    May 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Allan

    When the McCain camp finishes vetting all its staff, and eliminates the corrupt, the representatives of foreign interests, the religious extremists, and all others who represent a liability to McCain, there will be no one left – including McCain.

    May 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Jason

    McCain is the reason why Jack Abramoff is in jail. McCain lead an investigation against him and pursued him like a bull. But the media never talks about that. McCain has gone after drug and tobacco companies. Big business doesn't like McCain. K Street doesn't like McCain. They couldn't stand how he went after Abramoff. Funny how the left never mentions how McCain is the reason why Abramoff is in jail.

    May 18, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Freddie, La

    McCain can't even manage his campaign so how is he going to run the whole country?

    May 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. bitter in IN

    Why doesnt CNN post my comments!!!!!

    For the people claiming Obama has too much baggage, dont forget your darling Hilliary has alot more. Google Clinton Scandals.

    May 18, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Brad in Miami

    What is different this past week than two weeks ago. As far as I know, these men did nothing wrong. If their positions as lobbyists is the reason for their resignations, how did they get their jobs in the first place. These are not low level employees that could have slipped through the hiring process by accident. These men are in John Mcain's inner circle of advisors. This is another example of John McCain not knowing what he believes until polling tells him what to believe. Someone who wants to be President should not allow popular opinions & pols to dictate their actions. He needs to find some principles & stand behind them.

    May 18, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. a real democrat

    Charlotte and all the others claiming to be a democrat but will vote mccain over obama in november are no more democrats than sean hannity.

    don't believe these neocon repugs, they want nothing more than to have the democratic primary to continue as long as possible to give their weak candidate (mclame) the best shot possible.

    May 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. saba

    Stupid demos vote for McCain in November and get what you atract.

    May 18, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Desmond

    When is the MSM including CNN going to stop being soft on
    John Mccain and not trying to brand him as "the Maveric". He has voted the republican line on nearly every issue and flip flop on the rest
    and he had the guile to critisize Mit Romney for doing the same.

    When are you guys going to challenge his hypocrocy on critisizing earmarks(which would be largely eleminated if states programs were properly funded) when he wants to give permanently, billions of tax cuts to mega rich corporations who ship jobs overseas? And why don't you also ask him how he's going to pay for it.

    Why don't you guys challenge him on how he will make healthcare affordable for every single american and not leave out people with pre-existing conditions.

    Why don't you guys question him on not backing the GI Bill going through congress. Pres. Bush says the cost is "too generous" for the troops risking their lives to make this country safe but giving $bs of tax cuts to the richest people is fiscally responsible?

    May 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Lee

    No matter how much you dress up this old dog before the Niovember election , he still will be an old dog with his lobbyist buddies waiting in the wings. Do you honestly think the american people are that stupid??? Old style Washington polictics at it's best. Time for a shake up in the old GOP and Washington. Welome and best wishes to Mr. Obama and his team.

    May 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. a voter

    Dems unite


    May 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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