2008 Introducing The Man Behind John McCain’s 2008 Fight For Washington
posted by April 25 at 13:00 PMon
Shortly after becoming a mathematical lock for the GOP nomination, John McCain began plotting how a fairly unorthodox Republican candidate would win the presidency. His final plan rolled out the concept of a decentralized campaign structure: each region of the country having a different ‘regional campaign manager’ who would be better able to shape the McCain message for the different electoral circumstances his candidacy would face.
Well, the plan is finalized. Marc Ambinder introduces us to McCain’s new hire, John Peschong: regional manager for Washington State (and the entirety of the West Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii):
John McCain’s campaign has tapped John Peschong to serve as regional campaign manager for California, Republicans close to the campaign said.
Peschong has been a campaign adviser since 2007. He has a large amount of experience in California, having served as GOP executive director there in the 1990s and recently as Northwestern political director for the Republican National Committee in 2004. He was also executive director of Dan Quayle’s political action committee.
From a short biography for the Republican National Committee during the 2004 presidential race:
Previously served as Executive Director of Dan Quayle’s PAC, Campaign America, 1997-98. Executive Director of the California Republican Party, 1994-97. Other experience includes press secretary to a U.S. Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House Office of Communications during the Reagan Administration, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America’s Future (a PAC). Peschong is a 1984 graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
Given that the campaign for Washington’s electoral votes may end up being an important battleground for 2008, we may be getting to know Peschong rather well.