Schnur remains in the McCain PR fold

WASHINGTON, DC: Imagine getting your pink slip in a newspaper story.

WASHINGTON, DC: Imagine getting your pink slip in a newspaper story.

WASHINGTON, DC: Imagine getting your pink slip in a newspaper

story.



Such a fate nearly befell GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s

communications director Dan Schnur last week, as a Wednesday story in

the Los Angeles Times claimed he was soon going to be leaving the

campaign, and not necessarily of his own volition.



The story proved false, but the story - which used a ’top McCain aide’

as its source - proved an embarrassing blip on the McCain PR radar.



Buzz that Schnur was about to leave the campaign was fanned by his

public criticism of the campaign’s decision not to participate in last

Thursday’s Times-sponsored debate. Schnur blamed the decision on the

’beltway mentality’ of several McCain advisors and called it ’a tactical

error at the staff level.’



After such critical public comments, many onlookers believed it was only

a matter of time before Schnur was a goner.



’The moment I read his comments, in the back of my mind was the thought

that this guy is going to be canned,’ said one political operative with

national campaign experience. ’It’s totally unacceptable to publicly

contradict the principals.’ The source added that he thought

’parochialism’ was to blame, given that Schnur is a Californian.



McCain and Schnur immediately met following the Times story, and the

senator reportedly assured him he still had a permanent spot on the

campaign team.



McCain was not the only candidate who had to fend off problems caused by

campaign officials speaking anonymously last week. An unidentified Bill

Bradley campaign worker predicted in the National Journal’s Hotline that

the failure to win the Washington state primary would result in his

candidate’s withdrawal from the race.



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