McCain and money

     McCain quipped about Romney’s money (1) in Tuesday’s debate. Quite interesting that McCain wants to talk about money in politics. I have often thought that the whole point of McCain-Feingold was to make sure we did not talk about McCain’s history of money and politics.

     McCain first ran for congress in 1982 for the seat vacated by John Rhodes Jr. He was backed by convicted developer Charles Keating Jr. and fake war veteran newspaperman Duke Tully. He was also helped by $80,000 in donations from the family and employees of his second wife’s father. All of that is fine with me. Unlike McCain I do not begrudge people for earning and having money. But I choke when some guy who has benefited mightily from wealth earned by others remarks about someone who has earned his own fortune. That he would make such a remark shows McCain for who he truly is, a pompous hypocrite.

1. not for profit


  1. paid for by Stuart Starky

  2. This is what I remember about the 82 campaign:

    When John Jacob Rhodes, Jr., the longtime Republican congressman from Arizona’s 1st congressional district, announced his retirement, McCain ran for the seat as a Republican in 1982.[57] McCain faced two experienced state legislators in the Republican nomination process, and as a newcomer to the state was hit with repeated charges of being a carpetbagger.[54] Finally at a candidates forum he gave a famous refutation to a voter making the charge:

    Listen, pal. I spent 22 years in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. We in the military service tend to move a lot. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the first district of Arizona, but I was doing other things. As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi.[54]

    A Phoenix Gazette columnist would later label this “the most devastating response to a potentially troublesome political issue I’ve ever heard

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