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Nov. 5, 2013, 12:18 p.m.

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).

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

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).

Wealthy Liv­ing

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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