What do Arizonans think of McCain? The Candidate they know and loathe

Here are a few excerpts from an Article written by Amy Silverman on August 7, 2008

“No one seems to remember Keating much, anymore. Amazing. McCain and his fellow Arizonan, Democrat Dennis DeConcini, were hauled before the Senate Ethics Committee along with three other senators to explain their actions on behalf of Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan.”

“I have my own share of war stories from covering McCain, like the time I stumbled across the news that Cindy was stealing prescription drugs from her own charity. A few months later, John McCain berated a close family member of mine, in one of his classic outbursts.”

“There was no way of knowing then that Arizona’s ugly days would turn into years — that the state stood to endure a political scandal that would send legislators to jail for taking bags of cash from undercover agents pretending to be lobbyists (AzScam); that its U.S. senators would become poster boys for corruption on the federal level (the Keating Five); or that its governor would leave office in disgrace over his personal financial dealings, narrowly avoiding a prison term (John McCain’s pal J. Fife Symington III).”

“During lunch, McCain said, almost with mischievous glee, that he had slipped some highly technical questions to [James McClure] to ask Mofford — questions she wouldn’t be prepared to answer or expected to answer.

“Flabbergasted, I asked McCain why would he want to sabotage Mofford’s testimony, when in fact the CAP was the nonpartisan pet of Republicans and Democrats — such as far-left Udall and far-right Goldwater — since its inception.

“His reply, as near as I remember, was, ‘I’ll embarrass a Democrat any time I get the chance.’

“The lunch continued in strained chit-chat. We then walked back to McCain’s office, where a few reporters, all of them from Arizona papers, as I recall, were waiting. One said there was a rumor McCain had tried to sabotage Mofford’s testimony, to which he said something like, ‘I’d never do anything like that.'”

“Gosinski’s suspicions were right. Dr. John Max Johnson, AVMT’s medical director, had written two prescriptions for painkillers in Gosinski’s name, at Cindy McCain’s behest. He’d written more, too, in other people’s names. Some prescriptions, the DEA found, were for as many as 500 pills at a time. Johnson told investigators that he never traveled with the drugs; Cindy McCain kept them in her personal luggage. (Johnson later surrendered his medical license.)”

“Ultimately, the U.S. Attorney did, in fact, investigate AVMT and Cindy McCain. In the end, she avoided criminal charges and entered a drug-diversion program. She also paid for the cost of the investigation. She was lucky; if she were not well connected, she could have faced much harsher penalties, including prison time.”

“Watching him up on the stage, struggling with the teleprompter, Cindy looking miserable next to him, I almost pitied the GOP’s presumptive nominee. No more nasty jokes, no public outbursts. He’s reduced to talking about climate change and accusing Obama of being the media’s flavor of the day.”

Read the whole article here.

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