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McCain names Jack Jackson as co-chairman of Missouri campaign

By The Associated Press
July 1, 2008 | 6:49 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain named a former state House member from suburban St. Louis and fellow Vietnam veteran to be co-chairman of his Missouri campaign.

Jack Jackson is a retired Marine Corps colonel who was a pilot during the Vietnam War, like the presidential candidate. Jackson, of Wildwood, later became a test pilot in the private sector.

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He planned to run for lieutenant governor earlier this year after Gov. Matt Blunt announced he would not seek re-election. But Jackson dropped out of that race after fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder decided to run for re-election instead of seeking to replace Blunt.

When he left the lieutenant governor’s race, Jackson told reporters he planned to work for McCain’s campaign.