John McCain Goes Left for Money

Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.), an all-but-announced candidate for President in 2008, has just signed up Lew Eisenberg, one of the most notorious liberal Republicans in New Jersey, to his finance committee.

Eisenberg, who was listed in the leaked Rudy Giuliani strategy memo as someone the campaign should try to sign on, is a liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, activist millionaire investment banker.

Anyone who follows the big money in politics, his name will sound familiar. He was co-chairman of Bush/Cheney, NJ in 2004 and served as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee. The person who urged the RNC to name him was none other President Bush.

Eisenberg is a close ally of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and the two of them have started and funded various organizations to help elect pro-abortion Republicans in primary races. Their ultimate goal is to remove the pro-life plank from the Republican platform. Eisenberg also serves on Whitman’s It’s My Party Too advisory board.

Eisenberg’s support for Republicans appears to be limited, however, as his money has been sent to liberal Democrats Walter Mondale, Dick Gephardt, Tim Wirth, Chris Dodd, Bruce Babbitt, Joe Biden, and others.

In a Nov 15, 1999, Roll Call article about Eisenberg, it was reported that he had voted in just two of 11 GOP primaries between 1987 and 1997.

So, is John McCain, supposedly a pro-life Republican, holding his nose because Eisenberg can “show him the money,” or is McCain surrounding himself with like-minded allies?