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Friday, March 21, 2008

McCain Aid Canned for Pointing Out this YouTube Video?

What are the McCain people thinking? The staffer didn't make this video. He merely pointed it out in emails.

Good grief!

Yes I realize McCain has elected to stay out of this sort of thing, wisely so. There are plenty of Swift Boat types out there who will do it for him. But to can a staffer who had the audacity to notice this rather innocuous video. Come on!

So, here, I'll post it!

Your Co-Conspirator,

Jonathan Martin's column at Politico

March 20, 2008
Categories: McCain

McCain aide circulates Obama/Wright video, is suspended

An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video that raises questions about Barack Obama's patriotism.

Soren Dayton, who works in McCain's political department, sent out the YouTube link of "Is Obama Wright?" on twitter at 12:31 today with the tag, "Good video on Obama and Wright." It has since been taken down.

Twitter is an online device that allows users to send out short messages and links en masse through computers or PDAs.

McCain and his campaign have repeatedly said that they would stay away from personal attacks on Obama, but the temptation has increased as Wright's words have dominated the race in recent days.

Last week, they included an op-ed that hammered Wright and Obama in their morning clip package emailed to reporters. The same day, a campaign aide they regretted doing so.

Informed that Dayton was circulating the video, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said he had been suspended and "reprimanded by campaign leadership."

"We have been very clear on the type of campaign we intend to run and this staffer acted in violation of our policy," she said.

She declined to say for how long he was suspended.

Previously an independent blogger, Dayton drew the attention and favor of McCain's campaign with his frequent attacks on Mitt Romney. He was brought onto the campaign earlier this year to help in the political department. An aide said he was doing "low-level political work for [deputy political director] John Yob."

The video Dayton sent, which includes images of Malcolm X, the black Olympians raising their hands in the black power salute and the rap song "Fight the Power," has been rapidly spreading in political circles this week.

As I reported yesterday, it was crafted by a conservative talk radio producer.

Comments (2)
Brian said...

Its dumb criticism, but its also dumb politics.

Hillary!(TM) will do enough to attack Obama. Best to build up your candidate not start attacking 1 potential nominee.

Better comments from McCain's staff would be highlighting how the Dem's don't seem to have their act together: scheduling re-votes in FL and MI, then canceling them, still no likely winner, etc, etc.

That just makes the dems as a whole seem incompetent.

POinting out the youtube is minor league stuff. He should have been canned.

Monterey John said...

Geeze... tough boss! :)

Agree it's dumb, but the poor fool didn't do anything.

Give him a break and stop eating our own.