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Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 1:46 pm
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is launching a new political action committee, Country First, replacing the storied Straight Talk America PAC that was folded into his presidential campaign.
Michael O’Brien has the scoop:
The new PAC, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., lists Keith Davis, a New Jersey-based local Republican official.
McCain will publicly announce the PAC’s formation today, CNN reported, and the fund will be used to help McCain’s own 2010 reelection campaign, as well as broader GOP efforts throughout the country.
This will actually be worth watching. McCain’s name has hardly escaped Republicans’ lips since he lost the presidency. To activists, he’s the guy who gave them Sarah Palin, and that’s about it. But from 2001 to 2006 he and Rudy Giuliani were the (non-Bush/Cheney) Republicans to call in for help on the campaign trail, especially in blue states like Michigan and Massachusetts.
A couple of pertinent questions still to be answered: How much will Country First raise? (Al Franken’s PAC raised $1 million in its first year.) How often will we see McCain on the trail in blue states, for allies like former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in California?
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