Last week, Barack Obama's campaign flagged a potential conflict of interest in John McCain's response to the conflict between Russia and Georgia: McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann lobbied on Georgia's behalf from 2004 to 2006. McCain has fired back:
"The Obama campaign's attacks on Randy Scheunemann are disgraceful. Mr. Scheunemann proudly represented a small democracy that is one of our closest allies in a very dangerous region. Today, many are dead and Georgia is in crisis, yet the Obama campaign has offered nothing more than cheap and petty political attacks that are echoed only by the Kremlin. The reaction of the Obama campaign to this crisis, so at odds with our democratic allies and yet so bizarrely in sync with Moscow, doesn't merely raise questions about Senator Obama's judgment--it answers them."