Ed. Failor, Jr. and Karen Slifka have left Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, Republican sources said today. Both were senior advisers.
Slifka was the midwest regional political director on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign and was close to McCain's former campaign manager, Terry Nelson. Failor, Jr. is the executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief. In '04, Failor headed the RNC's Victory '04 operation in Iowa. Both are native Iowans.
In an e-mail to reporters, Failor said that his "fondness for McCain" aside, he decided to resign because "the leadership team I trust and agreed to serve is no longer in place."
Karen and I both orally agreed to continue with the campaign in our positions in a voluntary capacity for a few months beginning July 1. I agreed to do this because I believe in the leadership of Terry Nelson and the candidacy of Sen. McCain. These are the same reasons I agreed to serve the campaign in the beginning.