John McCain's campaign asked a prominent Republican consultant, Craig Shirley, to leave his official campaign role Thursday after a Politico inquiry about Shirley's dual role consulting for the campaign and for an independent "527" group opposing the Democratic presidential candidates.I'm told by a reliable source that Shirley was not asked to leave. Instead, he was given the choice and decided to stay with the 527. This makes sense, inasmuch as the 527 probably pays more. In addition, Shirley's specialty was conservative outreach -- something McCain was perhaps more worried about before he won the nomination.
"We haven't been on a retainer with McCain for two months, which begs the question -- how could we be asked to be a part of something we hadn't been involved in for two months?"
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