Drudge had this piece on December 20, 2007 immediately proceeding John McCain’s surge to defeat Mitt Romney in New Hampshire
Why did the New York Times “SPIKE” this story?
Surely this would NOT have played well with New Hampshire, South Carolina and Super Tuesday voters.
John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was last night romantically linked to a 40-year-old female political lobbyist and accused of granting her clients political favours.
Mr McCain, 71, fiercely denied a report in the New York Times which stated that eight years ago, during his first run for the White House, his aides were so concerned about his relationship with Vicki Iseman that they blocked her access to him to “protect the candidate from himself”.
Mr McCain and Ms Iseman both denied to the newspaper – which has been sitting on the story for several weeks – that they had ever had a romantic relationship. The story was first alluded to on the Drudge Report website just before the Iowa and New Hampshire nomination contests, but after frantic lobbying by Mr McCain and his aides at the time the New York Times did not publish it then.
If you remember at the time of the Drudge piece and the frantic yet successful lobbying by Team McCain to keep the piece out of the New York Times, Mike Huckabee was surging, Mitt Romney led the polls in New Hampshire and Rudy Giuliani was exiting a hospital in Missouri where he fell ill – yet continued to lead the national GOP polls.
What effect would this story had on the race?
Remember how the New York Times buried their debunking of the Politico hit on Rudy Giuliani and security expenses for his then mistress, Judith Nathan? Yet, they refused to run this story which raises profound questions regarding McCain’s character and public conduct.
Of course, McCain now denies the charges in the piece. But, will there be more revelations?
If so, don’t count on McCain being the GOP nominee – just yet.
Vicki Iseman of Alcalde & Fay
McCain calls New York Times piece a SMEAR.
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain issued a statement Wednesday night saying he “will not allow a smear campaign” to distract from his campaign as published reports questioned his relationship with a lobbyist.
The Washington Post quoted longtime aide John Weaver, who split with McCain last year, as saying he met with Vicki Iseman and urged her to stay away from McCain. The New York Times suggested an inappropriate relationship between the Arizona senator and Iseman, a Washington lobbyist. The New York Times quoted anonymous aides saying they had confronted McCain and Iseman, urging them to stay away from each other, before his failed presidential campaign in 2000.
How the story is being played by NBC: