Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New McCain scandal with female lobbyist from 8 yrs ago

I reported on this interesting article months ago and now I am wondering if it relates to this scandal about McCain Are they related?

Note also this article which mentions, "I learned of this story in December 2007. I know one of the sources for the story. And I know that both the New York Times and USA Today were sitting on the story. Do you think Republicans would have wanted to know this information in December before the primaries started? I think so. But the New York Times decided, hell, let’s wait till McCain has it sewn up."

For me, the story isn't so much about something McCain did 8 yrs ago. For me the story is the continued flawed ethics we see in tv and newspaper media. If they had this story months ago and according to my orignal link if all the media outlets had this story (assuming they are one and the same) what are the ethical standards of our media these days?

WASHINGTON — 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, visiting his offices and accompanying him on 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 client, 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

Rest of the story at NY Times


John McCain's daughter, Meghan, has her own blog you can check out here. Mostly pics on the campaign trail. Pretty girl, looks like her mom.
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