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