Chris Shays: McCain Lost Maverick Brand
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 11:45:32 AM EDT
It's never a good thing when one of the few remaining even slightly moderate members of your party calls out your shady practices.
"He has lost his brand as a maverick," Rep. Chris Shays, a Connecticut Republican and co-chairman of the McCain campaign in that state, told the Yale Daily News in the latest criticism. "He did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign."
Ouch. I wouldn't be surprised to see that quote in a campaign ad or two in the next few days. Yes, this represents an effort by Chris Shays to engage in the type of mau-mauing for which he has become famous -- namely attempting to distance himself from his party during election years even as he is fairly loyal to his party during non-election years. Nevertheless, it is a slap in the face to John McCain from one of his loyalists, and yet another example of the brewing civil war inside the Republican Party in which McCain is dumping on his party while his fellow Republicans are selling out their presidential nominee.