After announcing he was replacing his mgr., there are reports that ex-Tucson Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman (D) has lost another member of his staff. The latest to bail on the Glassman camp: New media dir. Kevin Bondelli.
Bondelli “is the fourth person to bail on Glassman since mid-July” and, as “we mentioned earlier in the month,” his departure is “reportedly thanks to the way Glassman has been managing the campaign and treating staffers” (King, Phoenix New Times, 8/31). Sources close to the campaign said Bondelli resigned over the same issues that led pol. dir. Junelle Cavero, field dir. Kristin Gwinn and comm. dir. Dawn Teo to leave (Duda, Arizona Capitol Times, 8/30).
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Additionally, sources said that finance dir. Gabrielle Guevara is planning her exit from the campaign. Glassman spokesperson Blake Morlock said Bondelli told the campaign he was leaving before the primary, but agreed to stay until after the election. When asked whether Guevara was also leaving, Morlock said, “I don’t know her status” (“Yellow Sheet Report,” 9/1).
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Sen. John McCain ‘s (R) victory in the GOP primary “was fueled partly by transfers” of $7.5M from his ‘08 pres. campaign compliance fund — “an account GOP Congressional strategists are now eyeing as they look to finance a growing list of competitive midterm races.”
McCain’s compliance fund reported $17.1M CoH as of 6/30, with $4.65M in transfers to McCain’s re-election cmte having been made during the 2nd Q of this year. Additional transfers were made before the Aug. pre-primary fundraising reporting deadline. McCain also used the compliance account to make $63.9K in charitable donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and about a dozen Phoenix-area churches.
One GOP consultant advising cong. candidates said McCain “could, and should,” transfer the money to the NRCC and NRSC. The consultant: “Most of that money was raised from GOP donors who were expecting it to be used for the cause, not collecting dust — or interest.”
The McCain camp declined to comment 8/31 when asked how McCain intends to use the money that remains in his compliance account or whether he might transfer funds to GOP candidates or party cmtes this fall. One GOP operative speculated that if McCain does transfer any of the money to cmtes other than his own, it would be to those of individual candidates or the NRSC (Drucker, CQPolitics, 8/31).
McCain ranks 23rd on a new list of the richest federal lawmakers. The Hill compiled the list (Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal, 8/31). McCain is worth $11.1M, and he “recouped” about $1.5M in ‘09 when his wife, Cindy McCain paid down the couple’s debts (The Hill, 8/31).
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