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McCain-Warner Campaign Debuts

Tim Craig

Bradley Hungerman, the William & Mary student turned political operative, has followed through on his promise to create a website that promotes both Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

The website argues Virginia voters should split their tickets this year by supporting McCain and Warner. The site is also selling McCain-Warner bumper stickers and yard signs. The website is funded by a political committee that Hungerman registered with the Federal Election Commission in June.

Bradley Hungerman is a senior at William & Mary. His father, Andrew J. Hungerman III, the registered agent of the Vote Bipartisan PAC, is a former vice-president at Colonial Williamsburg. Bradley Hungerman said in an interview last month his efforts are not connected to either the Warner or McCain campaigns. But he noted his family has a relationship with one of Warner's staff members.

The source of Hungerman's donors remain a mystery. As of June 30, the Vote Bipartisan political committee had no money in its federal account. Hungerman is not required to file another report until Oct. 15.

Hungerman's efforts came to light in July after Jim Wilson, who works for Warner, was spotted by a Washington Post reporter in western Virginia with a McCain-Warner sign. Hungerman said in an interview last month he doesn't know Wilson. Wilson, through a Warner spokesman, said he planned to put the McCain-Warner sign in his yard.

Wilson is a Republican operative who Warner pays to help put up campaign signs. (Wilson, for example, had both McCain for President and Warner for Senate signs in his truck Monday at the Buena Vista Labor Day Parade. At one point, a man and a woman went up to Wilson's truck, which is emblazoned with large Warner signs, in search of signs or buttons for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Wilson told them he didn't have any Obama stuff.)

Kevin Griffis, an Obama spokesman, said the campaign is not bothered by Hungerman's McCain-Warner campaign. Griffis said he's confident Obama will also be able to win over some Republicans in Virginia this year.

Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, declined to comment..

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 7:14 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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