McCain Fires Consultant Linked To 527
Politico reports there’s progress on the “partisan hack” front…
John McCain’s campaign asked a prominent Republican consultant, Craig Shirley, to leave his official campaign role Thursday after a Politico inquiry about Shirley’s dual role consulting for the campaign and for an independent “527” group opposing the Democratic presidential candidates. The campaign also released a new conflict of interest policy barring such arrangements.
Shirley, a conservative public relations veteran, doubled as a consultant to McCain and to the group Stop Her Now, a 527 group barred from coordinating its activities with presidential campaigns. He is not currently on the McCain campaignâ€™s payroll, but would also step down from his role on McCainâ€™s Virginia Leadership Team, a McCain spokesman, Brian Rogers, said.
“If you’re working for a 527 involved in the presidential race, you won’t have a named role in our campaign,â€ said Rogers.
One thing I will point out is that “Stop Her Now” was an anti-Hillary group and now it’s obvious she won’t be the nominee.
So while I applaud the firing, one has to wonder why it’s coming so late. Are these people not vetted?
By the way, Stop Her Now has changed their name to Stop Him Now…
In a recent editorial, Stop Her Nowâ€™s main backer, Richard Collins, explained his recent move to change his groupâ€™s name to â€œStop Him Nowâ€ and devote it to attacking Obama. Collins attacked Obamaâ€™s â€œfull-throated liberalismâ€ and his ties to the â€œcorrupt politics of Chicago.â€
â€œObamaâ€™s style may be different but his radical agenda is just as dangerousâ€ as Clintonâ€™s, he wrote.
Shirleyâ€™s firm registered the domain name stop-him-now.com in March; it redirects browsers to the Stop Her Now site.
Buckle up folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy campaign.