300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

May 20, 2008

Reason #47

Filed under: Ethics Problems — 300reasons @ 11:33 pm

The Keating Five scandal has mostly been ignored by the media in this election cycle, but in the context of McCain’s recurring ethics problems, I think the facts of the case bear repeating.

From McCainpedia:

Between 1984 and 1986, McCain failed to disclose over $15,000 worth of trips and gifts from junk bond king Charles Keating on his financial disclosure forms, and only reimbursed Keating after the scandal broke. McCain accepted $15,433 in trips from Keating and his associates, including vacations to Keating’s resort in the Bahamas for McCain and his family. McCain made at least 9 trips flying either on Keating’s jet or a jet owned by Resorts International. McCain originally reimbursed Keating only $2,000 for the trips, and he failed to reimburse the American Continental Corporation for the remaining $13,433 until 1989 — immediately after the government seized control of Keating’s Lincoln Savings & Loan. In fact, McCain originally did not disclose the flights on his House gift and expense filings. McCain did not reimburse Keating for the cost of food and lodging associated with the trips, as congressional rules did not require doing so.

This is not just one slip-up. It’s a pattern. Couple these issues with McCain’s tendency to lie outright and change positions on multiple issues, and his terrible treatment of his first wife, who he left for a 25-year-old when he was 43 (rumor has it that he left her because a car accident left her on crutches and quite a bit heavier, and he wanted a trophy wife to further his political ambitions—isn’t that sweet?). All together, I think there’s a convincing picture of a guy who doesn’t have the strongest sense of honesty or ethics.

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