Erin Isaac, Tim Murtaugh, Todd Abrajano.
Those are the names of the three people Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon has gone through in trying to find the right person to manage her campaign press operation. And it's all happened in less than two months.
No matter what the reasons behind this high rate of flack turnover, this isn't a good sign for McMahon's campaign. This wouldn't be a good sign for anyone's big-time campaign.
Admittedly, McMahon isn't using her media operation in the way most campaigns do. There aren't many interviews or news conferences a press secretary needs to handle because McMahon doesn't do many of those.
But her inability to find and keep some sort of media pro in that job is a signal of internal problems. Keep in mind that these departures have occurred leading up to and right after a big U.S. Senate primary, which McMahon won easily.
The trouble is, McMahon also won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination two years ago and ended up spending $50 million and loosing big time in the general election to Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
It appeared then that she couldn't find a way to overcome her past history as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, that sleazy pseudo-sex-and-violence TV empire that made McMahon a mega-millionaire. And that's certainly going to be a problem this time around, no matter how much cash McMahon pours into the campaign.
Isaac departed in early July for "family reasons." That's the same excuse McMahon's staff is now using for Murtaugh leaving the campaign.
We're not talking about inexperienced flack flunkies here. Isaacs had been communications director for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Murtaugh's resume included stints with the Republican Governor's Association and as press secretary for a successful U.S. Senate campaign and a winning gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
McMahon's latest mouthpiece, Todd Abrajano, doesn't appear to have nearly the same sort of political street cred as Murtaugh.
Abrajano did work on another Republican millionaire's U.S. Senate campaign, John Brunner's down in Missouri. The problem is Brunner lost in a primary fight to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. (That's right, the same Akin whose "legitimate rape" comments have ignited a firestorm for the GOP and Mitt Romney.)
Back in 2002, Yale University grad Abrajano managed Connecticut Republican Ross Garber's unsuccessful campaign for state treasurer.
It's possible, of course, that both Isaac and Murtaugh really did leave for "family reasons." Not likely, of course, but possible.
Far more likely is that: A) McMahon (known as something of a control freak) didn't like the way they were handling the media; or B) Isaac and Murtaugh couldn't take the somewhat peculiar way McMahon and her advisors were attempting to circumvent the media.
And then you have the issue of McMahon's husband Vince and his WWE operation, which has managed to piss off just about every media outlet in the state with threats of lawsuits, etc.
Candidates who are in trouble often blame the media for their problems; and they almost as often blame the person they've hired to "manage" the media.
It's going to be interesting to see how long Abrajano lasts.