McCain Campaign Still Inept Post-Election, Sells Unwiped Blackberry

By  |  Monday, December 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm

If you thought John McCain ran a shoddy campaign, here’s another reason to add to your argument. Fox 5 in Washington, DC was able to pick up a used BlackBerry from the campaign at a fire sale for a rock bottom price of $20. What the newsroom found when charging up the device was shocking. The campaign didn’t even bother to wipe the device’s memory!

Reporters were able to find the contact information for about 50 people associated with the campaign, as well as hundreds of emails dating from September through a few days past election night. The phone in question apparently belonged to a member of Citizens for McCain, a group of Democrats that were working to elect the Arizona senator.

The contact information was correct, Fox 5 reported, as it successfully contacted several of the individuals in the BlackBerry’s contact list. A few of them were quite peeved about the slip-up. When the McCain campaign was approached about it, they said it was a mistake and the phone was supposed to be erased.

One of the people they called made a comment that I have to admit I did chuckle at.

“They should have wiped that stuff out. Given the way the campaign was run, this is not a surprise.”

Isn’t that the truth. It’s not like its too difficult to wipe a BlackBerry clean: actually its a simple process that takes less that a minute to begin. One begins to wonder: with all the other stuff that was being sold, what else may we find out?


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5 Comments For This Post

  1. David Worthington Says:

    My friends, I believe that blackberries are a delicious fruit.

  2. NanoGeek Says:

    Mr. Oswald,

    Wouldn’t it be best to not write stories on a technology blog that encourage posters to write insulting political comments? You may not like John McCain or his politics, and that’s fine, but in your post you insinuate that he did something illegal during the campaign, yet you do not give us any evidence as proof. As a journalist, it is necessary to always back up your comments with some actual facts.

    Please do not stoop to silly political bickering and baseless accusations here.

    Respectfully yours,

  3. Ed Oswald Says:

    Whoaaa NanoGeek. I think youre trying to read in something to this post that wasn’t there. I called his campaign inept. NOWHERE did I say he was doing something illegal. Wow.

  4. NanoGeek Says:

    I really didn’t mean to start anything, but in your post you said, “If you thought John McCain ran a shoddy campaign…”. According to, shoddy can mean, “Made of or containing inferior material.”, but it can also mean, “Dishonest or reprehensible”.

    I took it to mean the later. I apologize if I read it the wrong way. If that wasn’t the way you meant it, you might want to consider revising your post in order to make that clear.

    Again, I mean to disrespect to you.


  5. NanoGeek Says:

    Sorry, I meant to say that I mean no disrespect to you in the last sentence.