July 7th, 2008
06:37 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain campaign gets new political director

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/07/art.duhaine.ap.jpg caption="Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's presidential campaign."](CNN) – In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's political organization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director, a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

Until last week, McCain had no political director at headquarters - highly unusual for a general election campaign. Mccain's campaign instead relied on 11 regional campaign managers - a structure many Republicans in and outside of the McCain campaign, including Schmidt, considered unworkable.

After formally taking control of the political operation last week, Schmidt decided to put a political director in place to oversee the state and regional operations.

Duhaime went to work as an adviser to McCain at headquarters not long after Giuliani dropped his primary bid.

Filed under: John McCain • Race to '08
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Why?

    It won't help. And taking Guilliani's failed campaign director is a sure fire way to ensure a loss. McCain can figure on an early mid-winter vacation.

    July 7, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. California Gold

    Please try to keep up Mr. McCain. Shuffling staff, organizing and reorganizing, and building a campaign that consists of little more than criticism of your opponent is not going to get you in the White House.

    July 7, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. fojohnson

    MCcain start to souffle his campaign staff. Remember that was what happen to HIllary. How many times has MCcain done so since the primary started. If he cannot put competent people to help him win, instead he keeps making changes in his staff, that is a warning sign of trouble. How can he chose competent people if is becomes president? His he going to change all his cabinet people in their position to make things work, Boy we are in for a big rid if he wins.

    July 7, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. MCCAIN 08

    Well he did such a good job with Rudy. I mean what a track record. I can just see what DuHaime is whispering in Rudy's ear in this caption.

    " Rudy, now remember, Deny, Deny,Deny.. got it?"

    July 7, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. James in NYC

    This just in, I heard that all McCain voters will get the first flight out to Iraq and a rifle all expenses paid!
    Vote McCain in 08!

    July 7, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Republicans for Obama

    The guy didn't help Rudy's Campaign, and he won't be able to help McCain's either! McCain is surrounded by losers. McCain is the King of Losers!!!

    McCain the guy who betrayed America and confessed to being a War Criminal, which resulted in VIetnam torturing U.S. Soldiers till they would confess like McCain.

    McCain the guy who had an affair with a woman 18 years younger than him, while his wife was disabled at home from a car wreck. McCain the guy who divorced his wife, and within 30 days married his mistress Cindy!!!

    McCain the guy who was investigated for Political Corruption as part of the Keating 5.

    McCain the guy who had an affair with a female Lobbyist, while his 2nd wife Cindy was at home drugged up on medication that she stole from a Healthcare Organization.

    McCain is a Dirtbag!!!!!
    McSame Ole Bush Lies and Politics!!!!!
    McSame Ole Clinton Sexual Affairs!!!!

    July 7, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    I don't know why McCain continue to surrender himself with tainted politicians

    -Karl Rove -DIRTY and "Bushy"
    -Swift Boat vets- Very dirty and "Bushy"
    -Bush Campaign manager – dirty and "Bushy"
    -Six Lobbyists advisors – dirty and "Bushy"

    Why does McCain deny running for Bush’s 3rd term?

    July 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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