McCain's history of abusing the public trust
Special to the U.S. Veteran Dispatch
By John LeBoutillier
John McCain can deny the latest allegations all he wants. He can try to push-back by
blaming everything on the New York Times. And he can state, as he did Thursday
morning, that in his 50 years of public service, he has never violated the public trust.
How about back in 1974's when then Commander John McCain - fresh off his 5 ½
years as a POW in North Vietnam - was given his first command in Jacksonville,
McCain, according to Robert Timberg in his book, The Nightingale's Song, was
transferred to Jacksonville as the executive officer of Replacement Air Group 174. A
few months later, he assumed command of the RAG, which trained pilots and crews for
carrier deployments. The assignment was controversial, some calling it favoritism, a sop
to the famous son of a famous father and grandfather, since he had not first
commanded a squadron, the usual career path."
While Executive Officer and later as Squadron Commander, the married McCain used
his authority to arrange frequent flights that allowed him to carouse with subordinates
and "engage in extra-marital affairs."
This was a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice rules against adultery and
fraternization with subordinates. But, as with all his other past behaviors, McCain was
never penalized; instead he always got away with his transgressions Timberg wrote,
"Off duty, usually on routine cross-country flights to Yuma and El Centro, John started
carousing and running around with women. To make matters worse, some of the
women with whom he was linked by rumor were subordinates . . . At the time the
rumors were so widespread that, true or not, they became part of McCain's persona,
impossible not to take note of."
In early 1977, Admiral Jim Holloway, Chief of Naval Operations had to deal with the
embarrassment caused by McCain's behavior. So the Admiral transferred McCain from
his command position "to Washington as the number-two man in the Navy's Senate
liaison office. McCain was promptly given total control of the office. It wasn't long before
the "fun loving and irreverent" McCain had turned the liaison office into a "late-afternoon
gathering spot where senators and staffers, usually from the Armed Services and
Foreign Relations committees, would drop in for a drink and the chance to unwind."
Ethics complaint over attacking a grieving woman
In 1984, as a Member of the House of Representatives, John McCain gave a speech in
Congressman Duncan Hunter's San Diego district.
At the end of the speech a woman approached Representative McCain and introduced
herself as the wife of a Marine pilot shot down and still missing in Southeast Asia. She
asked Congressman McCain if he could help her find information on her husband's
Eyeing the attractive woman, the married McCain replied, Why don't you ride with us
and have dinner?
Congressman Hunter and an aide sat in the front seat of the car; McCain and this
woman in the back as they drove to Hunter's house. Not long into the short ride,
McCain ran his hand up the woman's skirt. Stunned, she pushed him away and resisted
his advances. He continued trying to grab her, even after she moved as far away from
him as possible.
As this time, McCain's wife, Cindy, was pregnant.
Disgusted over his behavior she left as soon as they arrived at Duncan Hunter's place.
She promptly told the two Vietnam veterans who had originally encouraged her to try to
see McCain about her missing husband's case that night.
Years later a Senate Ethics Committee complaint was filed over this incident. In that
complaint, the woman was quoted as saying that Congressman McCain used
unreasonable force in a hostile manner. But the Senate Committee, then chaired by
Mitch McConnell, claimed not to have jurisdiction over a matter that took place when
McCain was in the House.
Dr. Jack Wheeler's claims:
Dr. Jack Wheeler, who The Wall Street Journal called "the originator of the Reagan
Doctrine," recently posted several columns about McCain. In one of them - weeks
before the New York Times ran the explosive revelations about Vicki Iseman and
McCain - Dr. Wheeler wrote, McCain has been having affairs with three women, one of
whom I know the name of.
In his latest piece, he wrote of how the Democrats will attack McCain systematically in
the fall, bleeding him drip by drip: Then the identities of the women lobbyists with whom
he has been cheating on his blonde rich wife will be known by early October.
Senator McCain used his wife today to finesse the issue of his alleged philandering. He
used her to deny that anything bad is going on. He wouldn't disappoint me or our
children. Those words came from her - not from his mouth. He is being extra careful
about denying his affairs.
His press conference in Toledo was similar to Gary Hart's back in 1987 when he dared
the media to find any examples of his philandering. Not much later came the now-infamous picture of Hart and Donna Rice on the Monkey Business.
McCain has similarly thrown down the gauntlet and denied ever violating the public
Well, we'll see now if the heretofore friendly-to-McCain media will try to prove him a liar.
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