November 5th, 2008
09:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Sources: McCain aide fired for 'trashing' staff

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Scheunemann bonded with Palin during the Alaska governor's debate prep, above."](CNN) - Randy Scheunemann, a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain, was fired from the Arizona senator's campaign last week for what one aide called "trashing" the campaign staff, three senior McCain advisers tell CNN.

One of the aides tells CNN that campaign manager Rick Davis fired Scheunemann after determining that he had been in direct contact with journalists spreading "disinformation" about campaign aides, including Nicolle Wallace and other officials. (Update: Davis denies the claim.)

Update: Scheunemann disputes campaign sources, says he was not fired

"He was positioning himself with Palin at the expense of John McCain's campaign message," said one of the aides.

Senior campaign officials blame Schuenemann specifically for stories about the way Wallace and chief campaign strategist Steve Schmidt mishandled Palin's rollout - stories that the campaign says threw them off message in the critical final weeks of the campaign.

Another aide said McCain personally was "very disappointed by Randy," who worked for McCain for many years in the Senate.

Scheunemann became close with Palin during her debate prep process.

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soundoff (514 Responses)
  1. Moe, NY

    Nothing could have helped Palin, she did herself in! As for these poor Republican loosers, stop with the lies...we have had enough...haven't you lost...dah! America will not let the Republicans/Neocons do to Obama what they did to President Clinton....we, as a mostly untied nation, have caught on to your tactics.

    November 6, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  2. Independent

    Barack has brought this country full circle in light of our country's history. This is a great moment for us. When have we ever seen people celebrate to the extent that we have for any presidential candidate? Never. That speaks volumes. I feel for Barack as he has inherited the worst job our country has to offer. He is going to be criticized coming and going. McCain understands the historical significance of Obama's election and spoke from his heart. He showed real humility, a humility that we rarely saw in his campaign. While i voted for Obama, I always respected McCain but couldn't pull myself to vote for him with Palin as his running mate. Palin proved to be too divisive of a figure. I always felt that she was picked solely for her gender and conservative views and not for her expertise and her ability ,if needed, to run this country. She claimed to want to put partisanship aside but only succeeded in bitterly dividing. She can try to run for president in 2012 but I will bet money that she will be defeated then as well. She is and will never be a Ronnie Reagen as McCain's campaign strategists and many conservative pundits tried to present her. She is fine for Alaska but simply not the candidate we need to lead this country. Maybe Obama will find a place for old Mac in his cabinet. Now that would be something. Good luck Obama!

    November 6, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. new begining

    The common sense has finally prevailed... The world is a better place under Barak Obama. Out with the old twisted ideology of the Republican party.

    November 6, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  4. Confused

    How many years before the FIRST BLACK FEMALE is elected? You all make it sound as if it was yesterday!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  5. Huh?

    Palin in 2012? Maybe. If she totally revamps her image. The uncompromising viscious conservative has gone the way of McCarthism. At least, 52% of us hopes so. If she's smart, (no satire intended) she'll snag Steven's Senate seat and fly under the radar for as many terms as she can.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  6. The sun will come out tomorrow

    Does it really matter if people that were under extreme preasure snapped at each other a little bit? Is it really news?

    I would like to see what any of us would do in that fish bowl – i know I would be slicing and dicing.

    There are enough haters on the left and the right to blow this whole thing if we aren't careful. I am not a shrink but I think it has something to do with their childhood and not being hugged enough.

    The war is over now suck it up and get busy moving our great country forward. We need real Americans not a bunchy of whiney nancy boys.

    I am a life long conservative that voted for McCain and we lost. We won Prop. 8 but we lost the Presidency to a team that did a better job campaigning. So that was Tuesday and Tuesday is gone. The election is over but all the problems are still here so stop your sniveling and get back to work.

    November 6, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  7. sharon

    People made the history- not the history made what people dictates it....The victory of Obama people made it happens-not the history itself. I always believe that no matter how hard you try to put your name in the history-oftentimes, what you think you've done perfectly is likely to turn the other way around. History decides-not the people...The generation that will be born today-and the future leaders of america will the one to decides whether Obama really make a history. He and the Democrats took advantage of the issues that is presently happening at the time of President Bush-therefore, it's not for us to tell whether he really maake a change and if changes really happens in America-I rest my case, only the new born generation of today will speak for that when our generation is over.

    November 6, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  8. Annette Brandon MS

    We have a new beginning people with lots of work ahead of us. Get on board and help our country become the best it can be. Stop the bickering and unite. Because the road ahead won't be easy. Support the new administration and let your voice be known for change via your elected officials. let us move forward because it is only right to do so. Make America the envy of the world Let us take our proper place again.

    Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin lost a fantastic race. Now It is time to mend woes and help this great country get back on track. The economy, the wars, the energy crisis and our infrastructure are issues to focus on; Enough of the blame game, it does not matter anymore. Let us look to the future and learn from the past so the same mistakes are not repeated. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY IT IS THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.......

    November 6, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  9. 689TT

    All the bitterness between the democrats and republicans in our government needs to stop. It clearly appears to me that after they form unity, then maybe democrats and republicans from the outside will come together and work for a better America...and then, just maybe...we can once again be proud of our country.

    November 6, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  10. Jose in Dallas

    Republican Party 1854-2008. R.I.P.

    Guys, its over. The Dems have won and the Evil Empire is over. The whole world stands with us. Don't be bitter about it. Accept it, join us, and move on. Its a new day and a new era. Can't fight history my friends, ya just can't fight history.

    Peace and God Bless the United States of America!

    November 6, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  11. T.Hodge Raleigh,NC

    The storm is over now Obama 08!!!

    November 6, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Theresa

    OBAMA Rules!! Thank GOD Palin is ot of the picture forever.

    November 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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