McCain's AZ Co-Chair Indicted
Bad Week Gets Worse for GOP Frontrunner
Denver, Colorado - Today's indictment of Congressman Rick Renzi, Co-
Chair of John McCain's campaign in Arizona, caps off a week of
problems for McCain that have raised serious questions about his
credibility on ethics. McCain had announced Renzi as part of his
'Arizona Leadership Team' on January 26th even though the now-indicted
Congressman had been under investigation for more than a year for his
role in a land deal and legislation to benefit a business partner.
[Roll Call, 4/19/07]
Besides the indictment of his Arizona Co-Chair, McCain was rebuked by
the FEC this week for trying to drop out of public financing, and told
to explain how he obtained a loan to revive his campaign.
Additionally, a ballot challenge was filed this week in Indiana, where
it appears McCain did not get the signatures needed to get on the
ballot, but relied on Republican government officials in the state to
get him on anyway. And new reports this week about McCain's proximity
to lobbyists, including the many who run his campaign, left unanswered
questions about what he may or may not have done for their clients.
[Associated Press, 2/21/08; MSNBC, 2/22/08]
"The indictment of McCain's Arizona Co-Chair, the FEC rebuke of his
attempt to skirt public financing laws, and McCain's failure to answer
questions about his ties to lobbyists raise serious questions about
McCain's ethical standards," said Colorado Democratic Party Chair Pat
Waak. "The American people have already rejected the Republican
Culture of Corruption and deserve clearer answers and straight talk
from Senator McCain about the ethical clouds over his campaign."