McCain Campaign Staffer to Attend White House Meeting*

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 25, 2008 1:54pm

The White House’s official list of those planning to attend the hastily-convened meeting called by President Bush this afternoon to discuss the Wall Street bailout bill, includes a senior policy adviser to the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Douglas Holtz-Eakin. (Please note update at the bottom of this post.)

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., had been told not to bring any campaign staff. He will be bringing a member of his Senate staff, Ian Solomon, a legislative assistant focused on economic issues.

His campaign adviser’s presence notwithstanding, McCain announced Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign activities to focus on getting the people’s business done.

"I don’t know about what they were told," McCain spox Brian Rogers tells ABC News, but Holtz-Eakin is "Sen. McCain’s top economic policy adviser. They’ve been working on this stuff over the last weeks; he’s the go-to guy."

Holtz-Eakin is a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. His name appears on the following list of those who will be present at the meeting this afternoon, sent to attendees:

The President

The Vice President

Administration Officials

Secretary Hank Paulson, Department of Treasury

Kevin Fromer, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of Treasury

Members of Congress

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-08), Speaker of the House

Senator Harry Reid (D, NV), Senate Majority Leader

Senator Mitch McConnell (R, KY), Senate Minority Leader

Senator Chris Dodd (D, CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee

Senator Richard Shelby (R, AL), Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee

Senator John McCain (R, AZ)

Senator Barack Obama (D, IL)

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D, MD-05), House Majority Leader

Congressman John Boehner (R, OH-08), House Minority Leader

Congressman Barney Frank (D, MA-04), Chairman, House Financial Services Committee

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R, AL-06), Ranking Member, House Financial Services Committee

Congressional Staff Attending

John Lawrence, Chief of Staff, Speaker Pelosi

Gary Myrick, Chief of Staff, Senator Reid

Kyle Simmons, Chief of Staff, Senator McConnell

Doug Holtz-Eakin, Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Senator McCain

Ian Solomon, Legislative Assistant, Senator Obama

Terry Lierman, Chief of Staff, Congressman Hoyer

Paula Nowakowski, Chief of Staff, Congressman Boehner
         
White House Staff Attending

Joshua Bolten, Chief of Staff

Joel Kaplan, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Ed Gillespie, Counselor to the President

Keith Hennessey, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

Barry Jackson, Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs

Dan Meyer, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Dana Perino, Press Secretary

Eddie Lazear, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

John Emling, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Chris Frech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Barrett Karr, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Margaret Stewart, Assistant to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs

- jpt

UPDATE: The McCain campaign calls and says Holtz-Eakin has been "bounced" and will not be at the meeting; they had also been told not to bring campaign staff, so there was some sort of mix-up.

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