Politics

McCain Promotes Aide Who Lobbied For Saudi Arabia

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McCain hits Obama on an endorsement from Hamas he couldn’t control, then uses the situation to raise money, but then promotes a guy to one of the top spots in his own campaign who worked for a country where a majority of the 9/11 terrorists came from?

Hmmm…

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to name former Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas) as his consigliere for the 2008 presidential race, bringing a longtime friend and backer into the inner circle of the Arizona Senator’s national campaign.

After leaving Congress, Loeffler spent time in the Reagan Administration and then went on to found the Loeffler Group — a lobbying shop. Loeffler has stayed actively involved in presidential politics, however, particularly on the fundraising end. In 2000 Loeffler served as then Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s national finance co-chairman; four years later Loeffler was a “Super Ranger” for the Bush campaign — meaning that he raised better than $500,000 for the president’s re-election effort and the Republican National Committee.

While McCain is already benefiting from Loeffler’s connections in the donor world, Loeffler’s lobbying ties could be a source of some controversy for McCain. Loeffler has lobbied for Saudi Arabia for several years and has been richly rewarded. In the first six months of last year, The Loeffler Group collected more than $5 million in fees, according to a report in O’Dwyer’s PR Services Report.

Now, I don’t know about you…but this doesn’t seem like a very smart idea if he’s calling Obama’s terrorist connections into question.

You can read more from the Washington Times.