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Despite checkered past, McCain calls for Moore to step down
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The Republicans are fleeing from Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore faster than the mainstream media produces misleading stories about President Trump’s Asian tour. Amid the growing number of sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats and Republicans are urging Moore to step down ahead of the December 12 special election, including Arizona Senator John McCain.
Senator McCain was one of the first to demand that Moore “immediately step aside” from his Senate bid, calling the accusations “disqualifying.” Interestingly, this is a complete 180 from the position McCain held in 2008 when he faced sexual misconduct allegations about a lobbyist who was 30 years his junior.
John McCain’s Impropriety Allegations
The 2008 presidential election was a difficult time. The Republican Party brand was bruised and battered, the Ron Paul revolution just started, and the country would unwittingly be voting for the divisiveness of an eight-year Obama tenure.
Oh, and the GOP nominee, Senator John McCain, was accused of sexual impropriety and infidelity.
In early 2008, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that John McCain maintained an intimate relationship with Vicki Iseman, a lobbyist in her early 30s who lobbied the Commerce Committee that he chaired.
Despite McCain and Iseman denying the affair, his staff was concerned that the relationship had become romantic. There were two potential political liabilities: First, McCain may have used his position to provide favors, and second; Iseman, as his mistress, may have implicated the two in public corruption.
The McCain team called the reports “gutter politics,” and part of a “hit and run smear campaign.” Iseman later sued The New York Times for libel, but a retraction was never published and she did not receive remuneration.
Moreover, McCain was in a relationship with Cindy, his current wife, when he was still married to his first wife, Carol. After divorcing Carol, he married Cindy, who was 18 years his junior.
Pot and Kettle?
Since The Washington Post published Leigh Corfman’s allegations on November 7, the media has ramped up coverage, and politicians on either side of the aisle have condemned the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice. Even the voters want Moore to step aside from the campaign.
Two days after the newspaper went live with the article, Senator McCain issued a statement on Twitter:
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 9, 2017
A day later, former Massachusetts Republican Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney also issued a statement on the social media outlet. Romney, who campaigned for McCain in 2008 after losing the GOP nomination, tweeted:
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 10, 2017
Moore has denied all of the allegations, including the latest claims from Beverly Nelson.
If McCain thinks the accusations are “disqualifying,” then why didn’t he quit his bid for the White House? If Romney thinks Moore is “unfit,” then why didn’t he encourage McCain to end his presidential run?
Political hypocrisy at its finest.
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