JOHN McCAIN 2008, INC.
JOHN McCAIN 2008 - THE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE (filed with the FEC to establish on Nov. 16, 2006)
STRAIGHT TALK AMERICA (2006 cycle)
Headquarters: 2335 70th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322
Below is a sketch of the campaign as it looked before the July 2, 2007 restructuring and July 10 reverberations (see here for post-restructuring organization). On July 2 state director Matt Strawn left and according to three news sources (the Des Moines Register, the New York Times and Politico) half the staff or more were out as well. The Register's Tom Beaumont reported, "At least 10 McCain staffers working directly on the campaign for the leadoff nominating caucuses have been laid off or have turned down the chance to keep their jobs at lower pay..." Beaumont put the size of the remaining staff at seven. The New York Times reported on July 3, "Mr. McCain’s campaign was in flux particularly in Iowa, where half of his 16-member staff was let go yesterday, campaign officials said." Senior advisors Karen Slifka and Ed Failor, Jr. left following the July 10 shake-up. Other departures included political director Matt Gronewald, communications director Tim Miller and coalitions director Marlys Popma (who later returned). National field director Jon Seaton was poised to take over the reins.
See: Thomas Beaumont. "Low on cash, McCain slashes staff in Iowa to 7." Des Moines Register, July 6, 2007.
|State Director||Matt Strawn|
|Coalitions Director||Marlys Popma|
|Deputy Coalitions Director||Matthew J. Gronewald|
|More Coalitions||Patrick Anderson|
|Social Conservatives||Katie Jerabek|
|Veterans Director||Joel Arends|
|Field Director||Marco Nunez|
Regional Field Directors
Field staffer on Jeff Lamberti's '06 congressional campaign.
Political director on Jeff Lamberti's '06 congressional campaign. Regional field representative for Polk and surrounding counties on Bush-Cheney '04. Director of organization on Greg Ganske for U.S. Senate campaign in 2002; director of organization on Stan Thompson for Congress. Field organizer on Gov. Bush's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.
Worked for the MN GOP in the 2006 cycle.
Operations director on Gov. George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom State PAC (announced Sept. 26, 2006) Experience in government and with Iowa Victory '04. J.D. from Drake University Law School, 2006. B.A. from Mount Mercy College, 2003.
Andy Van Zee
Field organizer on Jim Nussle's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
Worked on Jim Nussle's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
Did some consulting for Gov. George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC in the 2006 cycle.
|Straw Poll Coordinator||Jennifer Crall|
|Communications Director||Tim Miller|
|Office Manager/Social Conservative Outreach||Maxine Sieleman|
|Senior Advisor||Chuck Larson|
|Senior Advisor||Karen Slifka|
|Senior Advisor||Ed Failor, Jr.|
(May 3, 2007) - Mississippi Valley Leadership Team comprising backers from Dubuque County south along the Mississippi River to Lee County on the Missouri border.
(June 7, 2007) - North Iowa Leadership Team comprising backers from Cerro Gordo County and several adjacent counties.
(June 21, 2007) - leadership organization in Marion and Jasper counties.
(July 9, 2007) - Plymouth County Leadership Team.
former Auditor Richard Johnson
(announced Feb. 22, 2007) Johnson was appointed Auditor by Gov. Robert Ray in 1979 after the incumbent died; elected to the position six times; served 24 years. Co-chair of Phil Gramm’s presidential campaign in 1996, and director and treasurer of Sen. Charles Grassley’s campaign committee. Appointed as the Director of Finance for the Iowa Highway Commission in 1968; appointed as the first Director of the Department of Transportation's Administration Division in 1975; and appointed as the Director of the Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division in 1978. Mayor of Sheldahl from 1964-75. Started in public service as the Sheldahl City Clerk in 1959. Bachelor's degree in accounting from Drake University; also earned CPA. Native of Spencer.
former Congressman Greg Ganske
(announced March 28, 2007) Represented Iowa’s 4th CD in the U.S. House from 1995-2003. Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2002.
former state Senate President Jeff Lamberti
(announced April 25, 2007) Republican Party nominee for Congress in Iowa's 3rd CD in 2006. Served two terms as an Iowa state Senator and two terms as a state Representative; elected president of the Iowa Senate by his colleagues in 2004.
Iowa Veterans Advisory Committee
On April 12, 2007 the campaign announced its Iowa Veterans Advisory Committee, headed by Colonel Bud Day (Ret.) as Honorary Chair and Major General Evan Curly Hultman (Ret.) as Chair. Also, on June 27, 2007 the campaign announced endorsements of 10 former generals. Note: Back on Oct. 30, 2006 the PAC announced Iowa Veterans Advisory Committee with Hultman as Chairman and Richard Goebel of Dubuque as Co-Chairman. (Goebel is not on the new list).
Iowa Mayors for McCain leadership team
On April 2, 2007 the campaign announced support of 23 mayors "from both rural and urban communities and draws upon each of Iowa’s five congressional districts."
On May 7, 2007 the campaign announced suport of Davenport Mayor Edwin Winborn.
Mayor since Jan. 2006. Served 19 years on the Scott County Board of Supervisors and 11 years as its chairman. Has also served as Scott County Recorder, chairman of the Scott County Solid Waste Commission, chairman of the Bi-State Metropolitan Commission, and vice-chairman of the Quad City Development Group. Private sector experience as the owner and operator of Winborn's Sporting Goods. M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. Vietnam veteran. Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Davenport native.
On April 26, 2007, in conjunction with his announcement tour, the McCain campaign released a list "Iowa Leadership Organization."
(announced Feb. 2, 2007) Grassroots coordinator for Bob Vander Plaats' gubernatorial campaign (through Feb. 2006); grassroots coordinator for Bush-Cheney ’04 in Iowa; campaign manager for Bill Salier’s primary campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2002. Past Iowa caucus experience includes work for both John Kasich and Steve Forbes' presidential campaigns. Byerly also served as chairwoman of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party and as a 2nd District representative to the Republican Party of Iowa's state central committee. Activist for Iowa Right to Life, Iowa Christian Alliance, and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Iowa Legislative Advisory Team
On Oct. 5, 2006, Straight Talk America announced that thirteen state legislators had joined together to form the Iowa Legislative Advisory Team for the PAC.
Sen. Larry McKibben, Sen. John Putney, Sen. Pat Ward, Sen. Mark Zieman; Rep. Rich Anderson,
Heaton, Rep. Steve Lukan, Rep. Mike May, Rep. Rod Roberts, Rep.
Bill Schickel, Rep. Doug Struyk, Rep. David Tjepkes,
and Rep. Walt Tomenga.
-On Oct. 6, 2005 the Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont reported that Rep. Dave Heaton of Mount Pleasant had not endorsed McCain. Beaumont wrote that Heaton said he "would remain neutral indefinitely and was 'very disappointed' by the error."
-Reps. Doug Struyk (Council Bluffs) and David Tjepkes (Gowrie) switched to Romney (announced on April 4, 2007 as part of his Iowa Legislative Leadership Team.
finally, it is important to note that the person McCain tapped to run his national campaign started out in Iowa:
|National Campaign Manager||Terry Nelson|
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