N.H. strategist back with campaign

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Almost broke and lagging in the polls, Sen. John McCain is bringing back a New Hampshire face to help revive his struggling presidential campaign.

In a week marked by the resignation of two top aides and dismissals of nearly half his staff, McCain appears to be looking for a turnaround by bringing back New Hampshire strategist Michael Dennehy, who only two months ago stepped down as McCain’s national political director and took a lower-key role of campaign consultant.

Dennehy confirmed Thursday that he will reprise his national political role, UnionLeader.com reported Thursday.

Dennehy, who worked on McCain’s 2000 primary campaign, said he agreed to take the job back under the condition that he work from New Hampshire. Dennehy said he wanted to move his family back to Concord so his son Liam, who has Down Syndrome, can return to a local school.

“That was one of my conditions,” said Dennehy, who has said he and his wife weren’t satisfied with Liam’s care in Arlington, Va.

Dennehy did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press on Thursday evening.

McCain is scheduled to visit the first primary state on Friday, where he is expected to repeat his support for the Iraq war.



Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

AP-ES-07-12-07 2201EDT

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