mccain.jpg“It’s not true…At no time have I
ever done anything that would betray the public trust,” Senator John
McCain said Thursday. The likely Republican nominee is adamantly
denying the New York Times report that he had an innappropriate
relationship with a female lobbyist.
The newspaper is accusing McCain of being too close with
telecommunication lobbyist Vicki Iseman. At the time of the alleged
relationship McCain was serving on the Senate Commerce Committee which
deals with
telecommunication firms.
The McCain camp calls Iseman “just a friend” and denies any claims
there was a romantic relationship between the two or that she received
and special treatment or consideration.
The Times based its report on comments made by McCain aides from his
2000 Presidential campaign.
Iseman is also denying receiving any special treatment. The McCain
camp is calling the article an “attack” and part of a “smear
campaign.”
Analysts predict that the negative article will actually rally support
for McCain with Republican conservatives. Earlier this month McCain’s
conservative credentials were called into question by party members.