• John McCain Has a Little Problem With Dougs

    What is it with John McCain and shady guys named Doug who have ties to Myanmar's oppressive, person-killing military regime? I don't know, but I think this scandal merits a catchy nickname: MyanmarJuntaDougGate. (Trust me, it'll catch on.)

    McCain recently hired Doug #1, Doug Goodyear, to manage the Republican convention in St. Paul. This weekend Goodyear resigned from his new job when Newsweek revealed that Goodyear's consulting firm, DCI Group, had done $348,000 of PR and lobbying work for Myanmar's junta in 2002…

    [DCI Group] led a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing "falsehoods" by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses.

    Instead of spinning this into a press release about how he has a demonstrated record of taking on tough assignments, Goodyear quit his GOP gig. The very next day he was joined by Doug Davenport, aka Doug #2, aka McCain's regional campaign director for the Mid-Atlantic states. Now why on earth would a second Doug abandon the McCain campaign?

    Both Davenport and Goodyear worked at DCI Group, a consulting firm in Washington and Arizona. Davenport headed the firm's lobbying operations.

    People really have it out for this Myanmar junta thing all of a sudden. Weird, considering that most Americans still forget and call it Burma. Oh, right…

    [Myanmar's] military junta forged ahead on Saturday with a constitutional referendum that would legitimize its grip on power, and it continued to limit shipments of foreign aid to survivors of last weekend's powerful cyclone.

    The junta is refusing to grant entry to foreign aid workers who relief officials say are crucial to preventing more deaths from disease among an estimated 1.5 million victims.

    Ouch. You know what those Myanmar guys need? A good PR firm. I hear a couple of experts named Doug are looking for work these days.

    Tags: John McCain, Myanmar


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