Last week, Arizona Senator John McCain called on Roy Moore to exit the Alabama senatorial race the same day that the Washington Post published its story alleging the candidate engaged in sexual misconduct in the late 1970s. However, McCain was singing a very different tune back in 2008, when he was hit with his own accusations of sexual misconduct with a lobbyist 30 years his junior.
Western Journalism reported that McCain was one of the first members of the GOP establishment to rush to judgement about Moore, calling the allegations against him “disqualifying” and saying that the candidate should “immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
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
However, back in 2008, The Post and The New York Times published stories alleging McCain had had an improper relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman. The allegations stated that the senator had developed a close relationship with the lobbyist who had business before the Commerce Committee, which he chaired.
Iseman, who bears a striking resemblance to McCain’s wife Cindy, was in her early 30s when the relationship began in the late 1990s, and McCain was in his early 60s. Both McCain and Iseman have denied that they had an affair.
After the allegations came out, McCain’s team released statements describing the story as “gutter politics,” and clearly part of a “hit and run smear campaign.”
“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 campaign adviser added, according to The Post.
This makes it ironic that McCain is now describing sexual misconduct allegations as “disqualifying” when he was so quick to shut down the accusations leveled against him. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.