Posted: July 10, 2007 1:41 PM
Top McCain Team Out as Campaign Purge Continues
Arizona Sen. John McCain’s campaign manager Terry Nelson stepped down Tuesday morning along with his chief strategist John Weaver, days after McCain laid off 50 staffers due to a lackluster fundraising quarter.
McCain said in a statement that the two offered their resignations, “which I accepted with regret and deep gratitude for their dedication, hard work and friendship.
Rick Davis, McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign manager, will replace Nelson. The Associated Press reported that anonymous McCain officials said Nelson was fired.
The Washington Post reported that Nelson and Weaver resigned “after the candidate erupted after concluding that his top-level advisers had mismanaged the operation.”
According to the Politico, Mark Salter — McCain’s chief of staff for 18 years and the co-author of McCain’s books — also resigned.