McCain-Palin's rather non-maverick comms team

The McCain-Palin campaign may tout its candidates as mavericks and outsiders, but its top communications advisors are anything but, an article today in The Washington...

The McCain-Palin campaign may tout its candidates as mavericks and outsiders, but its top communications advisors are anything but, an article today in The Washington Post notes. Led by Steve Schmidt, the communications team now fielded by the McCain campaign consists mostly of former Bush-Cheney advisors.

Among them: Former Bush administration global communications director Tucker Eskew took a leave of absense from his Alexandria firm ViaNovo, as previously reported by PRWeek, to advise Palin, for whom he has now reportedly become chief of staff. Other former Bush aides include senior advisor Nicole Wallace, who had a run-in with St. Louis media this summer, and speechwriter Matthew Scully.

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