Senator McCain’s Sweetheart

It’s only human nature that we instantly understand being in the wrong bed, but our eyes glaze over when it’s a question of breach of ethics. The opportunities for politicians to siphon money from rich patrons and corporations to fund themselves and their campaigns are always there. There are so many ways to cover up the naked sell-out that you have to be a tax accountant to follow the money. Makes me miss the good old days of Governor Ed DiPrete and his bag of cash at Walts Roast Beef.

I am disgusted with the religious right, their zeal to persecute individuals for what they do in their private lives, combined with their endless stream of scandals when their ministers are outed. Letting personal matters stay personal is fine with me. If Sen. McCain was just cheating on his wife, I would let that be a matter for Mrs. McCain. I don’t sleep with him, so why should I care?

I care about the boring stuff. The political infidelities. The politicians who cheat on ‘we the people’. McCain’s sweetheart relationship should concern us, because it affects our media. Should we allow a few huge corporations to monopolize our sources of information? This is vital to our Democracy, and decisions shouldn’t be made on the basis of who donated to or slept with which senator. But it will unless we have a vigilant press. Expect the slime to come flying at the New York Times for this

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.

A champion of deregulation, Mr. McCain wrote letters in 1998 and 1999 to the Federal Communications Commission urging it to uphold marketing agreements allowing a television company to control two stations in the same city, a crucial issue for Glencairn Ltd., one of Ms. Iseman’s clients. He introduced a bill to create tax incentives for minority ownership of stations; Ms. Iseman represented several businesses seeking such a program. And he twice tried to advance legislation that would permit a company to control television stations in overlapping markets, an important issue for Paxson.

In late 1999, Ms. Iseman asked Mr. McCain’s staff to send a letter to the commission to help Paxson, now Ion Media Networks, on another matter. Mr. Paxson was impatient for F.C.C. approval of a television deal, and Ms. Iseman acknowledged in an e-mail message to The Times that she had sent to Mr. McCain’s staff information for drafting a letter urging a swift decision.

Mr. McCain complied. He sent two letters to the commission, drawing a rare rebuke for interference from its chairman. In an embarrassing turn for the campaign, news reports invoked the Keating scandal, once again raising questions about intervening for a patron.

If you are reading this blog, you care about freedom of the press. So go to the New York Times and read the whole story, because it was a brave move for the Times to print it, and there will be hell to pay.

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2 thoughts on “Senator McCain’s Sweetheart

  1. This may or may not be true but he dosen’t give a rats ass about veterans or their hardships. In the 109th Congress he only voted 21% of the time for Veterans legislation and 79% of the time against veterans Legislation. All he is a spoil rich brat that spent 5-1/2 years at the Hanoi Hilton as a POW. All his years he has done nothing to speak about for veterans. I hope all you veterans see through his wanting your vote for President. Too many veterans are still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange and especially the Blue Water Navy Sailors on the ships along the coast of Vietnam where they had to drink Agent Orange because it was sucked up while floating on the sea water when the ship ran over it and went into the low pressure distilling plants and to the potable water tanks aboard the ships along with the fresh water just distilled. These sailors have been discriiminated against by thye former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson and George Bush who asked the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Daniel Akaka (D) Hawaii to introduce a bill last September S 2026 to keep these sailors from getting any compensation for there cancers etc. from this incident when they served along the Coast of Vietnam. We got combat pay while there and the Vietnam Service Medal, why are we being discriminated against becaujse we didn’t actually step ashore. Will the public please speak up about this to your Congresspersons and Senators?

  2. former senator max cleland spoke at brown university early in the iraq war. he has advocated for veterans and opposed the war from the start. i’d like to see him back in politics.

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