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Completely Wrong Approach
Every comment I've seen here is going about this entirely the wrong way. These are the perfect people to help you out. You cover their back in a big way a few times and MAKE SURE THEY KNOW IT. When they realize you are a valuable ally then they are going to take care of you. If not, let them crash and burn. It's pretty simple. They're some of the easiest people to manipulate because of their huge egos. Get your emotions out of the game too. Be rational. It's a game, play it like one.