Days after his Senate reelection campaign launched a sharply criticized new television ad, John McCain’s campaign manager Shiree Verdone and part-time deputy campaign manager Mike Hellon are both leaving their posts.

Both are departing to join the state party’s 2010 “Republican Victory” fundraising operation, the McCain campaign announced Sunday. “As part of the campaign’s plan for this election year, Shiree and Mike are both transitioning over to work with party committees to create a ticket-wide Republican Victory operation,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers, who called that new operation “vitally important to help Republican candidates win up and down the ballot all across Arizona.”…

The move comes just days after McCain unveiled a new television ad stressing the importance of stronger border fence to combat illegal immigration. “Complete the danged fence,” McCain says in the ad, which features McCain walking along the border with a county sheriff.