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Former McCain campaign manager finds a new job

June 7, 2010 |  4:07 pm

Steve Schmidt, the campaign manager for John McCain's 2008 presidential race, has joined the Edelman public relations firm as vice president of public affairs. Schmidt had been a partner of Mercury Public Affairs, based in Sacramento.

A release on Edelman's website says Schmidt "will serve as a senior strategic counselor to Edelman on a global basis. He also will serve as an advisor to Edelman’s $60-million U.S. public affairs practice, encompassing a team of 170 professionals serving a broad array of clients including API, Business Roundtable, Monsanto, Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners and Pfizer."

After the end of the 2008 presidential election, Schmidt opened a branch of the Mercury firm in Sacramento. Other partners there include former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Gov. Arnold Schwarezenegger's former communications director, Adam Mendelsohn.

-- Anthony York