John McCain-Organization, California
revised March 28, 2008

JOHN McCAIN 2008, INC. (March 1, 2007)
JOHN McCAIN 2008 - THE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE  (filed with the FEC to establish on Nov. 16, 2006)

CALIFORNIA LEADERSHIP TEAM (announced Jan. 29, 2008)
Chairman former Secretary of State Bill Jones
(announced May 1, 2007)  Co-founded co-founded Pacific Ethanol, Inc. in Jan. 2003 and serves as chairman of the board.  Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2004.  California Secretary of State; elected in 1994, served from 1995 to 2003.  Sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2002 but finished third in the primary.  In 2000 Jones initially backed Bush for president, but switched his support to McCain after the NH primary.  Elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, served from 1983-95 including two years as Republican Leader.  Farmer and rancher.  Ran an unsucessful campaign for California State Assembly in 1976.  Bachelor's degree in agribusiness and plant sciences from California State University, Fresno in 1971.

Honorary Vice Chairs
Mayor Alan Autry, Fresno
Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County
The Honorable James Brulte - Former California State Senate Republican Leader
The Honorable James Cunneen, Former State Assemblyman, District 24
Dr. Tirso del Junco, Former California Republican Party Chairman
Supervisor Deidre Kelsey, Merced County
The Honorable Steve Kuykendall, Former U.S. Representative (CA-36)
U.S. Representative Dan Lungren (CA-3)
The Honorable James Nielson, Former State Senator, District 2
The Honorable Doug Ose, Former U.S. Representative (CA-3)
District Attorney Rod Pacheco, Riverside
Sheriff Mark Pazin, Merced County
Senior Advisor John Peschong
(announced March 12, 2007)  Partner at Meridian Pacific, Inc (MPI).  Northwestern regional political director at the RNC, 1998-2005.  Executive director of Dan Quayle's PAC, Campaign America, 1997-98.  Executive director of the California Republican Party, 1994-97.  Other experience includes press secretary to a U.S. Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House Office of Communications during the Reagan Administration, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America's Future (a PAC).  B.A. in communications arts from Loyola Marymount University, 1984.

endorsed by:
-former California Governor George Deukmejian (announced Feb. 4, 2008)

-former Governor of California Pete Wilson  (announced Feb. 3, 2008)

-Michael J. Boskin (announced Feb. 3, 2008; formerly backed Giuliani)
T. M. Friedman professor of economics and Hoover Institution senior fellow at Stanford University and former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

-Congressman Darrell Issa (CD-49, Vista)  (announced Feb. 2, 2008)

(announced Feb. 2, 2008)
Assemblyman Tom Berryhill
Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee
Assemblyman Paul Cook
State Senator Dave Cox
Assemblyman Shirley Horton
State Senator Abel Maldonado
Former Treasurer of the United States Rosario Marin
Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle
Former Assemblyman Keith Richman
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth

-former California Congressman Frank Riggs (CA-01)  (announced Feb. 2, 2008)
Real estate developer and president/CEO of the Charter Schools Development Corporation and its subsidiary, Charter FS, LLC.  Represented California's 1st CD (the Northcoast and northern San Francisco Bay Area) for three terms from 1991-92 and 1995-98 in the 102nd, 104th and 105th Congresses.

-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (announced Jan. 31, 2008)

-Bill Simon  (announced Jan. 31, 2008 as National Policy Co-Chair)
Formerly national policy director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.  Co-chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC, an investment firm, which he co-founded in 1988.  Republican nominee for governor of California in 2002.  Lawyer with the firm of Davis, Markel, Dwyer & Edwards.  Worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (Rudy Giuliani was then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District).  B.A. from Williams College, 1973; J.D. from Boston College, 1982.

-On Jan. 8, 2008 the campaign announced that it had filed an entire slate of 170 delegates, including:
Honorable Alan Autry, Mayor of Fresno
Honorable Jim Brulte, former State Senator
Honorable Jeff Denham, State Senator
Honorable Bill Jones, former California Secretary of State
Tirso Del Junco, Former Party Chairman
Honorable Steve Kuykendall, former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Robert Laurie, Northern California Chairman for John McCain
Honorable Dan Lungren, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Admiral Ed Martin, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Charles McDougald, State Veteran's Chair
Mike Montgomery, Former Party Chairman
Honorable Doug Ose, Former Member, U. S. House of Representatives
Honorable Rod Pacheco, Riverside District Attorney
Gerry Parsky
Honorable George Plescia, State Assemblyman
Honorable Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego
Honorable Van Tran, State Assemblyman

-Gerald Parsky (announced March 8, 2007; senior economic advisor to the campaign)
Chaired the California Bush-Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004.  Chairman of Aurora Capital Group, LP, a Los Angeles-based investment firm.  Senior partner of the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, 1977-92.  Parsky served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for international affairs and capital markets, 1974-77.  He was appointed to the U.C. Board of Regents by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996; the Board named him chair for a two-year term on May 20, 2004.  Parsky was also a member of President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security.

-state Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblyman George Plescia, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, Assemblyman Van Tran, and former state Senator Jim Nielsen (announced Feb. 26, 2007)

-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (announced Feb. 24, 2007)

-Fresno Mayor Alan Autry (announced Mar. 14, 2007)

-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (announced May 7, 2007)

-District Attorney for Riverside County and former California State Assembly Republican leader Rod Pacheco (announced June 4, 2007)

and newspaper endorsements:
Fresno Bee   (01/23/08)
La Opinión    (02/02/08)
Los Angeles Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin [Ontario]   (01/27/08)
Los Angeles Times   (02/03/08)
Modesto Bee   (01/25/08)
Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times   (02/01/08)
Palm Springs Desert Sun   (01/24/08)
Riverside Press-Enterprise   (01/05/08)
Sacramento Bee   (01/19/08)
San Francisco Chronicle   (01/28/08)
San Jose Mercury News   (01/25/08)
Santa Cruz Sentinel   (01/25/08)
Stockton Record   (01/27/08)

Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News   (01/  / 08)

Chico News & Review   (01/24/08)
Asian Week   (02/01/08)

On Feb. 28, 2007 the exploratory committee announced the formation of its California Finance Team, comprising five national co-chairs, 20 national finance committee members, and 45 California finance committee members.

National Co-Chairs
Honorable George Argyros
Donald Bren
John Chambers
Jerry Perenchio
J. Gary Shansby

National Finance Committee
Honorable Dean Andal
Bill Bloomfield
Michael Burns
Honorable Jeff Denham
Hal Furman
John Hagestad
John Hotchkis
Gary Hunt
Honorable William “Bill” Jones
Gerry Kamilos
Terry Lanni
Howard Lester
General William Lyon
James McGovern
John McGovern
James Montgomery
Al Montna
Bill Siart
Harry Sloan
Marc Stern

California Finance Committee
Jaime Bonilla
Fritz Brown
Bob Cassano
John Chamberlain
Dr. Jong Chen
Adam Coffey
Andrew H. Cummins
Hal Dittmer
Charles “Buzz” DuPont
Steve Eggert
Steve Francis
Sam Hardage
Joseph O. Harper
Michael Hayde
Anthony B. Helfet
John Heubusch
Don Hildre
David Janes
Brice Jones
John Koeberer
Honorable Steve Kuykendall
Rob Lapsley
Ken Lauer
Fred Maas
Ken Markstein
Sean McAvoy
Ron Meer
Steve Merksamer
Honorable Rod Pacheco
Dan S. Palmer
Honorable George Plescia
Carolyn Reid
Robert J. Reynolds
Richard Roeder
Nathan Rosenberg
Carol Rudat
Dave Rudat
Don Sebastiani
Mark Stefanek
Donald R. Stephens
Joe Tavaglione
Charles Trainor
Honorable Van Tran
Ravi Tumber
Marty Wilson


departure from the campaign reported by Chris Cillizza "The Fix" in April 2007
Executive Director Craig Goldman
Executive director of McCain's Straight Talk America, started Aug. 2005.  Goldman has been in and out of politics.  Managed former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey's campaign for the 2004 Republican U.S. Senate nomination in California.  Volunteered as needed on McCain's 2000 campaign.  Aide on Sen. Phil Gramm's 1996 presidential campaign after working for him at the NRSC.
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