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. nb

    On one issue at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.
    By H.L. Mencken

    Congrats to Acorn...see you in four

    November 5, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Unfortunately blame has started awhile ago. Palin wants to move up. What I am disturbed about is that Palin actually attacked John McCain and was becoming a little difficult to control. I could tell they were not getting along. I totally lost respect for her. Not surprised considering review of her past actions up in Alaska.

    November 5, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. bob in LA

    who cares- the election is old news. Time for governing

    November 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. me

    Funny how he can't even run a small group of people who work FOR HIM and yet he wanted to govern a nation that didn't really care for him all too much..

    Also, you know things are bad when one of your so-called top aids are willing to ditch/ backstab you for a bubble headed, dim witted, Alaskan pageant girl...

    November 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Betty

    Democrats are so one sided. On other sites, they call for Unity and on this site they still bad mouthing Palin. Are the democrats still afraid of her. Leave her alone. Your guy one. God help us! Enjoy the four years because that is all he is going to get.

    November 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. oh so

    MCcain camp was on the down side from day 1. day 2 palin joined the camp. day 3 joe the plumber joined the camp – day 4 joe the plumber becomes aka V P ,,,,,thats when palin went roque.

    November 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. SFC Drennan

    well if America is so screwd for electing Obama maybe you guys should leave,,, OR, you can stay and help fix what is wrong with it, the hate is so bad and if you cant see that for the most part all people want is a chance to make America the country she once was,,,,,

    November 5, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. John

    Funny how a landside can cause problems

    November 5, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    There are a lot of strong women in the world – we were hoping for a smart one......

    If they choose the SAME woman in 2012, as soon as it is announced........we will DEMAND a Strong and SMART woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Terry W. Brookman

    Let's all try to run in the same direction, I can hear the waves crashing against the rocks.

    November 5, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Bill in California

    One interested party wants to know what happened to Sarah Palins clothes. I have a feeling they are on the way to the White House. The EMPEROR that YOU have chosen has NO clothes..or experience or track record. Let's see what the kid does in the candy shop now that YOU have handed him the keys.

    November 5, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Bob Stephens

    Can you imagine the chaos that would have been going on in a McCain administration, if he had managed to win the election. With the people he would have surrounded himself with It would have been like Animal House in the White House.....

    November 5, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. CMG

    "Bonded"....that sounds suspicious.

    November 5, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Gail

    Democrat or McCain/Palin

    Give me a break, think about what you are saying. Really!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. kjm

    McCain was doomed to be a Republican Walter Mondale.
    Jeb Bush in 2012!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Scott Ashley

    I am so sad for America that Obama won!!!! The last thing we need is that far left moron leading our country!! I hope Palin is President in 2012!!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Steve

    I have nothing against Sarah Palin personally. She seems like a nice person, who was used as a tool of the McCain campaign to become the attack dog for the campaign. When you combine that with her appalling lack of understanding of international or domestic issues, it helped crater the McCain campaign. She may be just fine for the Governor of Alaska, but as a VP, she wasn't ready, and most reasonable Americans saw that. If McCain has been younger, and less erratic, perhaps her impact on his campaign wouldn't have been so significant (remember Dan Quayle, and Bush Senior?).

    Unfortunately for Palin, history shows that her career on the national stage is pretty much over. Not one single VP candidate who has been on the losing side has ever been able to regain a position in a presidential campaign for any length of time. Lieberman and Gore have done OK, but not in the presidential bid. Anyone remember Ferraro? And Quayle himself tried to run for president. Nope. Didn't even come close.

    Palin would be best served to go back to AK and swim in those political waters. She'll probably do just fine there. But for those who would position Palin as their 2012 presidential candidate, prepare to accept defeat once again. She won't even make it out of the first weeks of the primary.

    November 5, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Rod

    Regardless of who won the election, I am curious how the next President is supposed to fix the economy while he is busy taking care of Bush's Iraq oil war that costs 10 Billion a month?

    I think you all need get past all this republican blame nonsense and Obama glory, and start focusing on the fact that America is in deep trouble.

    Sorry if I am trying to distract you all from your current distractions.

    November 5, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Jama

    This is presidential election we talking about right.. this is not suppose to be a war between democrat and republican, the election is suppose to bring us together to decide who would better lead our country.. in this case mccain definitely lie to us from the begining, he said he would run an honest campaign but he didn't, even if you claim that obama would do the same, given the condition and situation but the fact still remains that mccain is the one who foiled his own campaign by filling it with all those negativities. what's worse? his top advisor is previously work for bush. additionally, in the past, when clinton lie to us publicly about his affair with one of the secretary he gets to be kick out of the office, then why when mccain lie to us about his campaign he gets to be a president?

    November 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. One Smart Woman

    To Kdrr: Palin was a smart woman. Tough. Tried and True. She is a wonderful example for women across America. You are so disgusting in your contempt for a conservative woman. But believe me, there are plenty of them across the United States. We believe in God, Family and Country. That is what Palin stood for. If you can't see this then you are truly stupid.

    November 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    The woman is "Woman" what else can she could have done!

    November 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. ron

    looks like they are throwing palin under the striaght talk express. lol What's even funnier are the idiots who thought the gop had any faith in her and would even consider her for 2012

    November 5, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Steve A

    Actually the "he's not my president" bumper stickers started when Clinton was president, people just adopted it as payback when GWB came into office.

    In fact the hatred really started during Clinton's term, so it's a little disingenous to act like it started with Bush-bashers. Rush Limbaugh et al rose during Clinton's term, and unfortunately have not lightened up since.

    For a real American the president is worthy of basic respect whether you agree with him or not, and that goes both ways. It will be interesting to see if Republicans can manage to act like true patriots for the next 4 years.

    November 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    2012.…..we DEMAND a STRONG, SMARTER, TRUTHFUL and CHRISTIAN Woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    80% approval rating in Alaska………WILL you supporters PLEASE speak to at least three CITIZENS there or at least before 2012, research the TRUE articles ONCE they are put back on the internet………………


    November 5, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Joe Plumber

    Hey, cyrusk, lay off the Religious Right, okay? McCain did nothing wrong, and you know it! Under any other circumstances, he'd have won. If you need a whipping boy, the Religious Right ain't gonna be yours. A change was needed.

    Obama should be given a chance. He'll be a good President. Anyway, with your grammar and spelling, you don't qualify as a credible source!

    November 5, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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