From AOL News:
WASHINGTON (AP) – John McCain’s top communications aides and several staffers in Iowa and South Carolina quit on Monday, the latest departures to hit the Republican as he struggles to rebound from financial and political woes.
Brian Jones, McCain’s communications director, and his two deputies, Matt David and Danny Diaz, stepped down but plan to stay on through the week. Two others in the communications shop at the campaign headquarters also are leaving, as are two staffers apiece in Iowa and South Carolina.
Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s current New Hampshire communications director, is expected to take over for Jones and head up a slimmed-down media operation.
The press office moves were all but certain following the departures last week of campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver; several of those in the communications office, including Jones, had ties to Nelson.
“This is not an acrimonious departure,” Jones said.
The clock is ticking and I think it’s time for McCain to throw in the towel. This isn’t 2000 and the media isn’t riding the Straight Talk Express eating up his “maverick” status.
I honestly think he’s wasting time and money at this point, I really do. Republicans don’t like him all that much, especially considering the amnesty bill he made his own. He’d be better of declaring status as an independent candidate.
“We structured the campaign in too large a fashion and in too bureaucratic a fashion,” McCain said. “And we raised pretty good amounts of money, but we spent too much. It’s not too much more complicated than that. I’m sure people in this room have seen enterprises that made the same mistakes. We fixed the mistakes, we’re movin’ on and we will have the kind of campaign that succeeds.”
On Friday in New Hampshire, McCain said he would compete aggressively in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, despite the turmoil that’s roiling his campaign.
It had nothing to do with campaign structure and everything to do with McCain’s faults. He may, I emphasize may, have a chance in somewhere like New Hampshire. However, I think Fred’s popularity may lessen McCain’s slight chance.