Catchy thread title, no? This is a story that seems to be sinking quickly.
Ex-McCain aide says he's still loyal
By: Josephine Hearn
Feb 21, 2008 08:10 PM EST
John Weaver and John McCain
Weaver (pictured in this 2006 file photo)
had provided the critical, on-the-record foundation for stories denigrating the senator.
After the New York Times published a story Thursday suggesting that John McCain had an improper relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman, his campaign took to the airwaves to trash the story.
â€śAll these things are implications, two unnamed sources and no facts in the article,â€ť campaign manager Rick Davis told CBSâ€™s â€śEarly Show.â€ť
But in fact, there was a named source who confirmed facts to both the Times and the Washington Post, and unexpectedly, he came right out of the McCain camp.
John Weaver, the Arizona Republicanâ€™s former chief strategist and a longtime confidant, confirmed to the two papers that he had met with Iseman in 1999 and told her to stop bragging about her influence with McCain and the Senate Commerce Committee. He also said he had done so after â€śa discussion among campaign leadershipâ€ť about her. Weaverâ€™s information formed the underpinnings of stories in both papers about McCain aides being worried that Iseman could become a political liability.
In other words, Weaver, an apparent McCain loyalist, had provided the critical, on-the-record foundation for stories denigrating the senator.
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Ex-McCain aide says he's still loyal - Josephine Hearn - Politico.com