Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCain's Better Half, Number One and Two

The Long Run
Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In

Cindy McCain, played a role in the Keating Five S&L scandal, and just as her husband was rehabilitating his reputation, she was caught stealing drugs from her nonprofit organization to feed her addiction to painkillers. She has a fortune that sets the McCain's apart from most other Americans, a problem in a presidential race that hinges on economic anxieties. She can be imprecise: she has repeatedly called herself an only child, for instance, even though she has two half-siblings. Those close to her say she aspires to be like another blonde, glamorous figure married to an older man: "Diana, the Princess of Wales" .

Carol McCain, (1st Mrs) worked in the Reagan White House as an event planner...She had stood by her husband during his captivity in N. Vietnam, never passing word of her debilitating car accident, (more about her... ) - a few years after their reunion, McCain told her, he was leaving her for a younger, richer woman.

Carol McCain

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fiber by referring to his five years
as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to
family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to
his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But
there is another Mrs. McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over
the Senator's presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written
about, despite being mother to McCain's three eldest children.

She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and
torture in Vietnam's infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison and the woman who
faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously
for news. But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of
publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had
been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had
skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969.

Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered
massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving
surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had
been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it
her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced
to use a catheter. Today, she stands at just 5' 4" in and
still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together
by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that
speak of decades of silent suffering.

For nearly 30 years, Carol has maintained a dignified silence about the
accident, McCain and their divorce. But last week at the bungalow where
she now lives at Virginia Beach, a faded seaside resort 200 miles
south of Washington, she told The Mail on Sunday how McCain divorced her in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing
fortune, just one month later.

"My marriage ended because John McCain didn't want to be 40, he wanted to
be 25. You know that happens ... it just does."

In 1979 — while still married to Carol — he met Cindy at a cocktail party
in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the
country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage. Some of
McCain's acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the
politician as a self-centered womanizer who effectively abandoned his
crippled wife to 'play the field'. They accuse him of finally settling on
Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a
leading campaigner for veterans' rights, said: "I have been following John
McCain's career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally.
There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is —

"When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind,
he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him
knew it. Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very
wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought
was better."

"McCain is the classic opportunist. He's always reaching for attention and
glory," he said. "After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he
threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest
is history."

Ross Perot, a billionaire Texas businessman, and a former presidential
candidate, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes
that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man
who is unusually slick and cruel — even by the standards of
modern politics.
From: Snopes ---

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind ---

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I referenced this article in a blog post discussing how McCain was and stil is a womanizer.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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