Arizona Senator John McCain has been one of the most outspoken critics of Alabama senatorial candidate Judge Roy Moore, calling for him to step down over the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. However, McCain is likely regretting opening his big mouth about this situation after a skeleton from his own past just came back to haunt him.
“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,” McCain wrote on Twitter immediately after the allegations against Moore came to light.
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
Western Journalism reported that McCain was singing a very different tune about sexual misconduct allegations back in 2008, when they were made against him during his presidential campaign. In February 2008, The Post and The New York Times each published stories that claimed that McCain had had an improper relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman, who is 30 years his junior.
The two became close when Iseman had business before the Commerce Committee, which he chaired. The Times claimed that McCain’s staff feared that he had become romantically involved with Iseman, given how much time they were spending together. She reportedly bears a striking resemblance to McCain’s wife, Cindy.
Iseman was in her 30s when the relationship allegedly began in the late 1990s, while McCain was in his 60s. The senator and the lobbyist have both denied that they ever had an affair.
“Neither Senator McCain nor the campaign will dignify false rumors and gossip by responding to them. John McCain has never done favors for anyone, not lobbyists or any special interest. That’s a clear 24-year record,” a top McCain campaign advisor said at the time.
FactCheck.org reported that McCain had an affair with Cindy while he was still married to his first wife, Carol. Just one month after divorcing Carol, McCain married Cindy, who was only 25 at the time while he was 43.
The allegations against McCain are incredibly serious because if he really was having an affair with Iseman, he was using his position in government to do favors for her, meaning he was engaging in public corruption.