February 20, 2008

John McCain Blasts New York Times 'Smear Campaign'

The campaign of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain responded to allegations that he gave special treatment to a female telecom lobbyist. Some are reporting that McCain made efforts in advance of the New Hampshire primary to quash the initial New York Times story about his relationship with "a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation." McCain is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. The story broke today by the New York Times.

"It is unfortunate that rumor and gossip enter into political campaigns," said communications director Jill Hazelbaker. "John McCain has a 24-year record of serving this country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the important issues facing our country. Americans are sick and tired of this kind of gutter politics."

I hope that McCain gives a more concrete denial. This looks like a non-denial denial. For what it's worth ... the bigger issue is McCain doing business with a lobbyist ... not the sex aspect. What say u?

2 comments:

Regina said...

This was the first thing I saw this morning as I woke up and turned on CNN. Very interesting...
I wonder how/if this will change the republicans impressions of him as the campaign continues.

Villager said...

Regina - It appears that Republicans are circling the wagons in support of McCain. Even folks that were hatin' on him before, like Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, are now speaking out on his behalf.

Personally, I think that the NY Times better come out tomorrow morning with some stronger evidence. If not, McCain is going to walk away from this one without a bruise...