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Notable campaign casualties

Samantha Power
Samantha Power


By Johanna Neuman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Samatha Power resigned today from Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign for saying that his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was “a monster.”

Power is hardly the first campaign staffer who’s had to resign for untimely words or actions. In fact, she joins a long line of advisors and campaign staffers who, it could be said, have fallen on their swords for their candidates. (Stephanie Mitchell / Harvard University News Office)
Billy Shaheen
Billy Shaheen


Clinton has also lost an aide because of a gaffe in this election cycle. In December, Billy Shaheen, co-chair of her New Hampshire campaign, was forced to resign. His error: he suggested that Obama, who in his memoirs acknowledged trying drugs in his youth, might also have sold them. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)
Sandy Berger
Sandy Berger


In 2004, when Sen. John Kerry was running against President George W. Bush, a key member of his foreign policy team – former Clinton national security advisor Samuel “Sandy” Berger – resigned pending a criminal investigation into whether Berger unlawfully took classified documents from the National Archives. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)
Benjamin Ginsberg
Benjamin Ginsberg


Also in 2004, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an advocacy group, aired TV ads attacking Kerry’s record in Vietnam, where he won a Purple Heart. Bush campaign counsel Benjamin Ginsberg resigned after acknowledging that he had advised the group.

In a resignation letter that many of those departing from high-profile campaign positions might applaud, Ginsberg said he had broken no laws, and he accused the media of a “stunning double standard” for not focusing on Kerry staffers who likewise advised outside groups. (Toyokazu Kosugi / Associated Press)
Dick Morris
Dick Morris


Sex has sometimes plays a role in high-profile campaigns, famously during Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign of 1996, when top advisor Dick Morris resigned from the campaign after a tabloid newspaper reported an ongoing relationship with a prostitute. (Wally Santana / Associated Press)
John Sasso
John Sasso


And if you want to rewind the campaign reel back even further, John Sasso, vice chairman of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis’ 1988 campaign, resigned after admitting that he leaked to reporters an attack video on a rival, Sen. Joseph Biden.

Plus ça change. (Associated Press)
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