McCain's corrupt relationship with female lobbyist
Breaking in the NY Times:
Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.
A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.
When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s clients, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.
Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.
It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended Mr. McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethics and campaign finance rules, a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.
This is from nearly 10 years ago, apparently, but it certainly ties McCain in to the Republican culture of corruption, including the matter of his being a member of the notorious "Keating 5" in the past, a giant ethical blot on his record that has been largely unmentioned until now. (McCain is the only member of the Keating 5 still in congress.)
While some will charge scandal mongering, I look at the piece as a sort of "Meet your Candidate" sort of pulic service. The article in the New York Times provides a thorough background on McCain's involvement in his relationship with this lobbyist, as well as his past background involving scandal and attempts at playing the reformer.
McCain, old, grizzled, mired in the dubious ethics of D.C. and incestuous relationships with lobbyists, promising more war and less jobs, and a grim march into a grim future, vs. Barack Obama.
I'll take that match-up any day.