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. ginger

    My fellow Democrats and Supporers of President-Elect, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin did what she was hired to do. It really is just that simple. McCain used her as prop and she made the best of it. Besides who really care about McCain/Palin anymore.

    Barack Obama is President-Elect!

    November 5, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. proudAmeri1

    For those GOP supporters that did not vote for Sen McCain in 2000 – you only have yourselves to blame. Not the so called liberal media or Democrats, etc, etc etc. Just yourselves.

    Gov Palin would be more respected as a person and a government official today if she had been more respectful of the whole of America in her RNC speech and those that came after. She came off as arrogant and smug and continued to turn off the very Americans whose support Sen McCain needed to win this election.

    The best thing about this election, besides President elect Obama and VP elect Biden being elected, is that American's will NO Longer allow the far right of the GOP party to imply that they are any less American, patriotic, or religious than Republicans.

    November 5, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Um, I thought all of them were fired... yesterday

    November 5, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Amy

    Obama is a much more graceful winner than a lot of his followers on this forum. Don't make him do all the work being the bigger person so you can continue to act like children. Follow his example. He has an awesome responsibility ahead. He's not gloating about it and you shouldn't be either.

    November 5, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Rick from Canada

    I don't understand why some of you pick on some of the bloggers' (Denise in this case) writing skills. They are trying to get their points across. Some people may not have been lucky enough to get a good education or may not have been able to finish school due to circumstances out of their control. GROW UP, I could easily tell what Denise was trying to get across. Why be so mean hearted?

    Congratulations on electing a President who has brought hope to you and the rest of the world.

    November 5, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. VETS4Obama

    Hey Mike Small Business....keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. There is a reason the Republicans are back in the minority where they belong and will continue to stay. Bush, Rove, Palin, McConnell, DeLay, Stevens etc. destroyed your party!! Republicans never were for fairness or helping Joe the Plumber...just a bunch of old, white fat cats trying to get richer and driving wedges and using people

    November 5, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. anon

    What's amazing to me is that both candidates gave extraordinarily wonderful speeches after the results came in about how they understood the need to work together. Obama asked for the help and advice of those who didn't vote for him, and McCain pledged to work with Obama to help him forge a better future for the US.

    Why is it that the two men who fought this contest display less vitriol and more humanity than their supporters? If anything we should be following their lead and pledging to work together.

    November 5, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Nate A.

    The USA has the 4th largest discrepancy in wealth distribution in the world. The Republicon coalition of Fascist jinGOPigs and the wealthy are the only reason why the Republicon Party even exists. 90% of the economic gains in the last eight years have gone to 10% of the people, the power elite wealthy. Another statistic with 90%, 90% of those that vote Republicon vote against their own best interests, and as rabid Fascist jinGOPigs, they remain too stupid to realize this. Even today, Reagan/Bush/McCain economics has diminsihed the USA to a 3rd world country, while the Fascist jinGOPigs continue to vote for more of the same.

    November 5, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. VETS4Obama

    Its just a shame that McCain allowed himself to be used by the Republican party of hate and division! He is a much better person than that! And picking Palin was the final nail in his coffin!

    November 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  10. AJ

    Actually I'd say "left" is now "mainstream".

    People are finally voting their best interests over corporate propoganda and moral issues that get ignored the day after the election.

    November 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. judy nieszel

    If most of you bloggers represent American ideals, God help us.
    Anger management needed BIG TIME!

    November 5, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Nathaniel

    sore losers ... mainstream America has said good riddance to corny conservative values - Obama in 2012 too!

    November 5, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. m.c.

    You people on these blogs are unhappy and mean-spirited. No president has the power to make the changes you expect. In four years, all of you will still be unhappy and mean-spirited. God help the U.S.A!!!! What you have said about Hillary, McCain, and Palin is disgraceful and shows lack of breeding!!!

    November 5, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. JayLady

    As a 64 yr, old white woman, I am proud beyond words of what has occurred in this country! I did not think I would see an African American elected president in my lifetime. Congratulations to this entire country for moving a giant step forward in human relations.

    I believe Pres. elect Obama will guide the country into a new and positive direction. I also believe he will not allow himself to be pushed to the extreme left but will be a more centrist leader.

    All the extreme right wingers who are bemoaning the future, can you not withhold judgment till he has had at least an opportunity to demonstrate what kind of leader he will be?

    November 5, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. Cyndia

    I have much respect for John McCain and it was SO good to see him as himself last night. I appreciate all the kind words from the McCain supporters. I understand that we can agree to disagree, but that we must stick together as a house divided cannot stand. Obama supporters, let's be gracious. Its time for all of us to move forward because looking back will only trip you up.

    November 5, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. david

    After reading this and how he switched allegences between the two candidates, I'd keep an eye out to see if there might be more to the story between these two people in the near future.

    November 5, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Dinah

    Go Anne Marie! Thank you for that! The whole world is rejoicing with us that Obama won! He will do great things and restore the worlds respect of America. I feel PROUD to be an American again instead of ashamed of our arrogant bullying.... it feels SO GOOD to have my faith restored in the American people. God bless us everyone!!

    November 5, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. JP

    Obama picks the most partisan, lib, arrogant congressworm for Chief of Staff?? Way to start that hope and change campaign. Not even 24 hrs til the first promises are broken. Im sure many, many more will follow. Come on 2010 and 2012.

    November 5, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Now it's the blame game – blaming Palin for McCain's loss. She didn't make him lose he would have lost anyway because Obama became Daddy Warbucks and bought the White House.

    November 5, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. fletc3her

    It is disingenuous for the Republicans to ask for politeness after the campaign they ran. YOU LOST, SUCKERS! Bite it.

    November 5, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. Hallelab

    America to Sarah Palin : THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!!!

    November 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. Mikey

    It's going to take another democrat to fix another 8 years of Republican rule. Has america figure that out. After Bush senior.....It took a Democrat "Clinton" to bring america to it's golden years during the 90s and it will take OBAMA to fix Jr. Bush mistakes and blunders. Don't forget the Republicans were in control of the house and Senate from the mid 90s to 2006 so they deserve most of the blame along with George W. Bush.

    November 5, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Wayne from Ohio

    I will say it again.....Palin is Pathetic.....great that she now can go back to her home..sit on her porch and be our front line on defense against the Russians invading her front yard.

    November 6, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. Alex

    Leave John McCain and Sarah Palin alone Obama Won mccain lost end of story new president whatever Thank God its Over im so Tierd of Democrats and Republicans. i wont Watch the news or read the newspaper Ever agian this has been stressful

    November 6, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Dennis

    How close did they get?

    November 6, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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