Wednesday, April 25

McCain replaces top fundraiser

Still reeling from his first quarter fundraising miss, McCain's campaign has replaced Carla Eudy, a long-time adviser, with Mary Kate Johnson, a former Bush fundraiser according to Katharine Q. Seelye at the New York Times.

The campaign’s change in finance directors reflects an imperative to signal a new aggressiveness in the fund-raising department — even though Ms. Eudy, who raised eye-popping amounts for former Senator Philip W. Gramm of Texas when he ran for president in 1996, has been called one of the best in the business.

Her removal from the top fundraising spot also marks the further influence over the McCain campaign by veterans of President Bush’s team, who banished Mr. McCain in the primaries in 2000. Ms. Johnson was deputy finance director for Mr. Bush in 2000 and led his fund-raising for the 2001 inauguration.

I hate to say "I told you so," but we saw this one coming 18 days ago.

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