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Cain taps Rumsfeld spokesman
Daily Mail ^ | 10/1/11 | Don Surber

Posted on 10/01/2011 7:15:55 PM PDT by justsaynomore

Herman Cain will add a heavyweight to his campaign staff on Monday. Taking over as campaign spokesman will be J.D. Gordon, who served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 under Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Gordon is a retired Navy commander. He succeeds Ellen Carmichael, a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

So how did CNN report this story? From CNN: “Herman Cain communications director resigns.” No mention was made of J.D. Gordon, at all.

Reporter Shannon Travis made it sound as if Team Cain was on the rocks:

“It’s a very amicable departure,” Carmichael said. “He wished me the best of luck. And I will forever be fond of him and appreciative of this opportunity.”

In June, two other staffers left the Cain campaign. CNN asked Carmichael if her and Boustany’s departures are a sign of more trouble for Cain.

“No comment,” she said.

“I have served Mister Cain for more than a year,” Carmichael added. “We’ve had ups and downs. We’ve had tons of money and very little money. And I’ve stuck through some very difficult and some very rewarding times on the campaign. And it was just time for me to go pursue other professional opportunities.”

The timing of Carmichael’s resignation is sure to raise eyebrows. Cain’s candidacy is currently generating headlines, having recently won a Florida straw poll, seeing some momentum in some polls and earning some positive reviews for recent debate performances. On Friday, the candidate snagged a spot on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

But newspaper reporter-turned-blogger Robert Stacy McCain reported: “Ellen Carmichael Out, J.D. Gordon In as Cain Campaign Communications Chief.”

Gordon is a big snag for Team Cain as he has been a contributing columnist and commentator to Fox News, The Washington Times, Human Events and Capital Insider. Since leaving the Pentagon, Gordon has been a Senior Fellow and Communications Consultant to several Washington-DC based think tanks, including Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Americas Forum, Atlantic Bridge, Center for Security Policy and the Liberty & Freedom Foundation.

Who would you rather have as a spokesman: a young woman 2 years out of college or a chap who handled questions about Gitmo, Iraq and Afghanistan during the 4 most unpopular years of the War on Terrorism. On the other hand, Ellen Carmichael must have done a pretty good job as part of a team that put a political novice in third in the Republican presidential sweepstakes. It’s an upgrade, CNN.

UPDATE: Robert Stacy McCain: “Surber throws a couple of shots at Ellen, which is rather unfair. She joined Team Cain early last fall when the candidate was Herman Who? She leaves with the candidate now ranked third and poised the challenge the front-runners. Ain’t no shame in her game.”

Oh I agree wholeheartedly. I do not know the woman but I do know many bright people out of college who can kick my rear professionally.


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KEYWORDS: 2012; communciations; donaldrumsfeld; election2012; ellencarmichael; hermancain; jdgordon; robertgates
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This was a necessary move for Cain, but I agree with Robert Stacy McCain - Carmichael did a fantastic job as spokesperson for Cain.
1 posted on 10/01/2011 7:15:58 PM PDT by justsaynomore
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To: justsaynomore

Gravitas is nothing to sneeze at.


2 posted on 10/01/2011 7:19:43 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: K-oneTexas; Tucker822; Kartographer; freekitty; carmody; Dead Corpse; MsLady; Publius772000; ...

Pinganator!

Herman Cain on Jay Leno (Video)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2786334/posts

Hot Air Candidate Survey Results: October Edition (Cain wins with 39% )
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/01/hot-air-candidate-survey-results-october-edition/

Herman Cain Addresses Throngs of Racist Women at the National Federation of Republican Women Convention (Video)
http://www.allamericanblogger.com/17710/herman-cain-addresses-throngs-of-racist-women-at-the-national-federation-of-republican-women-video/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allamericanblogger+%28All+American+Blogger%29

In Florida GOP Presidential Primary, Romney Edges Cain, with Perry Well Back in 3rd Place:
http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=ab381464-4b12-4dec-ab94-0e9516575817


3 posted on 10/01/2011 7:20:18 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Wins TeaCon 2011 Straw Poll
“Schaumburg, Ill. - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain won the TeaCon 2011 Straw Poll with 77% of the vote. Organizers say Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich came in second and third place.

Greeted like a rock star, newly crowned Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Herman Cain was the main attraction at the Midwest Tea Party Convention, TeaCon 2011 in Schaumburg, Illinois.”

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/herman-cain-teacon-michele-bachmann-newt-gingrich-presidential-candidate-20111001


4 posted on 10/01/2011 7:25:04 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

JD Gordon. Hmmmmm
http://www.jdgordoncommunications.com/page/about.html


5 posted on 10/01/2011 7:25:14 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: justsaynomore

Sounds like a well-organized campaign when someone ‘resigns’ and is immediately replaced.

In any case, Cain KNOWS how to run a ship...disorganization is for dunces like Perry.


6 posted on 10/01/2011 7:27:39 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: justsaynomore

PTL!


7 posted on 10/01/2011 7:29:02 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: justsaynomore

Thank you, Mr. Rumsfeld.


8 posted on 10/01/2011 7:32:50 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: justsaynomore

I have the sense something is building.... who better than a spokesperson for Rumsfield?


9 posted on 10/01/2011 7:38:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: BobL
"Cain KNOWS how to run a ship..."

Yes, and therefore Cain is going to be the next President of the U.S.A.

"...disorganization is for dunces like Perry."

You betcha! And Perry is for even bigger dunces.

10 posted on 10/01/2011 7:40:28 PM PDT by Savage Beast (The Tea Party: La Resistance)
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To: mnehring

I have the sense something is building.... who better than a spokesperson for Rumsfield?


I agree. This is a solid move.


11 posted on 10/01/2011 7:41:26 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: BobL

“In any case, Cain KNOWS how to run a ship...disorganization is for dunces like Perry.”

I don’t know if he can run a ship but he did work on ballistics system for the Navy :)


12 posted on 10/01/2011 7:42:30 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: mnehring

Paul supporters are going to implode over this :-)


13 posted on 10/01/2011 7:42:49 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: Savage Beast

Yes, and therefore Cain is going to be the next President of the U.S.A.


I think you might be right.


14 posted on 10/01/2011 7:43:32 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: justsaynomore

Herman was great on Leno.


15 posted on 10/01/2011 7:46:32 PM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: BobL

For what it’s worth, it appears that Carmichael really did resign, and that she has some sort of new job in DC. She’s getting lots of congratulations on twitter.

Sounds like Cain was able to replace her quickly with someone who is, at the very least, her equal.


16 posted on 10/01/2011 7:49:31 PM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

“For what it’s worth, it appears that Carmichael really did resign, and that she has some sort of new job in DC. She’s getting lots of congratulations on twitter.”

Sounds good to me, then.


17 posted on 10/01/2011 7:50:32 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: no dems

Came across as smart, quick witted, funny, knowledgeable and able to break down difficult topics into easily explaiable pieces.

He’s the guy.


18 posted on 10/01/2011 7:52:27 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Cain 2012!)
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To: Hawk720

It might have been one of those situations where her role might have been to be reassigned to assist JD Gordon. Or even that she saw it coming. Who knows? From what it looks like, she and Cain are parting on good terms.

Carmichael did a good job, she even won a press award recently. It is no surprise that she was picked up quickly. She is young - 2 years out of college - and this was her big break as a spokesperson. JD, from what I can tell, is a good choice to take Cain to the next level


19 posted on 10/01/2011 7:54:57 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

Herman was great on Leno.


20 posted on 10/01/2011 7:56:03 PM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: no dems

I thought he did well, too :-)

Haagen Das Black Walnut :-)


21 posted on 10/01/2011 8:02:42 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

” - - - Carmichael did a fantastic job as spokesperson for Cain. - - - “

I agree, Carmichael did her job very well, in fact better than her peers on a % gain by candidate basis.

Now is the time for phase two. Bigger target, bigger gun.

When Cain wins the Republican Nomination, the target will get even bigger. If J.D. Gordon is not a big enough gun then Cain will not hesitate to get a bigger gun.

Cain is exactly the objective-thinking businessman that we need to run the largest business that the world has ever known.

Lead, follow or get out of the way. Cain is leading, the followers are beginning to follow, and the Media had better get out of his way.

Career Debt-o-crats? Start looking for a real job in one of the industries that you have spent your sorry lives regulating, because when Cain takes over America’s economy will take off like a loaded spring!


22 posted on 10/01/2011 8:03:28 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: justsaynomore

Tonight I’ve decided to support Herman Cain....all the way to the White House!


23 posted on 10/01/2011 8:06:20 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Graewoulf

Like Cain’s grandfather used to say to him and his cousins, “Them that’s goin’, get on the wagon. Them that ain’t, get out of the way.”


24 posted on 10/01/2011 8:09:18 PM PDT by justsaynomore (Cain 2012 - http://teamcain.hermancain.com)
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To: justsaynomore

Think I will send the man a little money, he’s not bad at all.


25 posted on 10/01/2011 8:12:19 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: DarthVader; justsaynomore; Prov3456; paul revere is riding; Politicalmom; freedumb2003; ...

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26 posted on 10/01/2011 8:17:06 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: All
For those of us without televisions...

Herman Cain with Jay Leno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa-2UcE712M
27 posted on 10/01/2011 8:42:27 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: justsaynomore
Herman Cain

born December 13, 1945 in Memphis, TN (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Luther Cain Jr., born March 16, 1925 in TN, died March 29, 1982 in Atlanta, GA
Lenora Davis, born July 27, 1925 in GA, died August 20, 2005 in Atlanta, GA

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Herman Cain is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN

”Herman

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!

28 posted on 10/01/2011 8:45:45 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: unkus

Thank you and welcome.


29 posted on 10/01/2011 8:45:50 PM PDT by Grunthor (Cain. You see what he's done to Garafalo and Freeman. Wouldn't it be fun to see all the time?)
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To: unkus
Yes we CAIN!


30 posted on 10/01/2011 8:46:34 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Cain/Rubio 2012)
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To: justsaynomore

She’s great. But as his campaign catches the’Big Mo’ and matures, Cain needs to upgrade from 3rd string to 1st string. Nothing personal. Its business. Its major league politics now. He has crossed the rubicom and needs seasoned firepower.


31 posted on 10/01/2011 8:46:45 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (I support HERMAN CAIN for President of the United States. - AmericanInTokyo)
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To: justsaynomore

Cain in the MAIN man ...and ABLE ...Go !


32 posted on 10/01/2011 8:49:21 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: org.whodat

America thanks you !


33 posted on 10/01/2011 8:50:14 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: justsaynomore

Cain admits he’s not as strong as he could be on foreign policy, and this looks like a great move to strengthen that area. Carmichael did a good job, but Gordon will bring needed experience to the campaign.


34 posted on 10/01/2011 8:50:56 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: no dems

He would tear Obozo to shreds in a debate !


35 posted on 10/01/2011 8:51:09 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: justsaynomore

Moving from strength to more strength is nothing but STRONG.

RAISE CAIN!!!!!!!!!!


36 posted on 10/01/2011 8:56:57 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: justsaynomore

Gordon not only has a lot of experience, but probably has a lot of favors he can call in and strings he can pull, at this point in his career. Cain has a terrific message. At this point, he simply needs to be NOTICED by the general public. Hopefully Gordon is the guy who can do that. (And it sounds like Carmichael is moving UP the ladder, not down. Win/win for everyone.)


37 posted on 10/01/2011 9:04:20 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ("And I'm actually happy to be, for us to be the moat with alligators party." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: deks

Thanks for the link. Cain is so comfortable with who he is and what he believes. I can’t wait to see him debate the Obummer.


38 posted on 10/01/2011 9:07:41 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw
"Cain admits he’s not as strong as he could be on foreign policy"

That's why I like to see him pick Bolton as a running mate!

Cain/Bolton 2012
39 posted on 10/01/2011 9:44:14 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: justsaynomore

“Paul supporters are going to implode over this :-)”

The Paul fanati-bots don’t know enough to be awakened by anything - they live in the Land of Nod :-)))


40 posted on 10/01/2011 9:46:22 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Graewoulf
"Cain is exactly the objective-thinking businessman that we need to run the largest business that the world has ever known."

I have always wondered about the scarcity of successful businessmen represented in the field of Presidential candidates. I haven't researched the numbers, but it seems like lawyers are extremely over-representated, as well as members of the senate or congress and state governors. I can't remember any judges either.

41 posted on 10/01/2011 9:49:05 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Compromise on the Holocaust would have killed three million Jews.)
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To: Danae

What a GREAT pick! Kudos, Mr. Cain.


42 posted on 10/01/2011 9:50:33 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Wanna confuse obama? Ask him his REAL name.)
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To: justsaynomore

I have to wonder if Carmichael was given the choice to stay and work with Gordon? Often an enterprise as it grows needs more experienced folks, so they bring them in, give them a fancier title (and salary), and keep onboard the ones who started with them. Helpful to both. In this case it would give Carmichael some fantastic experience working with someone who’s been at the top of the field. I can’t imagine, tho, that her experience with Cain would hurt as she goes forward.


43 posted on 10/01/2011 9:56:33 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S, TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: Donnafrflorida

Thanks for this post- I don’t remember ever seeing this guy on Fox News, but his bio looks great. I’m betting that Cain has plans for this guy above and beyond “campaign spokesman”.


44 posted on 10/01/2011 10:01:22 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Compromise on the Holocaust would have killed three million Jews.)
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To: justsaynomore
This is an interesting turn. He's definitely added a high profile spokesman.

Carmichael did well by Cain and Cain by Carmichael I'd say.

Based on the earlier CNN piece, I wondered if Carmichael and her assistant's departures would adversely effect the campaign. Clearly not.

45 posted on 10/02/2011 12:47:06 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama wins reelecton.)
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To: hsalaw

The question is........ is Obama experienced at anything let alone foreign policy? PLEASE! Ham hocks is now in school learning foreign policy you know the former presidents wife. All of s sudden experience matters when it didnt when this fool was running in 08


46 posted on 10/02/2011 4:33:33 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: justsaynomore

Good article. It looks to me like she did a great job getting Herman Cain to where he is. I don’t read anything into her leaving, she’s got a very effective ‘add’ to her resume. And Herman Cain has also added an effective replacement. I see a win-win here.


47 posted on 10/02/2011 4:40:42 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: justsaynomore; kingattax

This is a good thing.

A definite improvement in the team.


48 posted on 10/02/2011 5:09:03 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: matthew fuller

FOX reported the story the Same way CNN did,No mention of the New Hire.
All they can talk about now is Christie and Romney. Its Pathetic


49 posted on 10/02/2011 5:22:12 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yes. Part of being an effective executive is having the right people for the jobs. This job changed, so the person needed to change.


50 posted on 10/02/2011 7:59:55 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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