LAist Political Notebook: McCain Flirts, Obama Soars
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Thomas Pynchon once said, "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." But if they find you in the romantic embrace of a lobbyist and you happen to be a Senator from Arizona, it doesn't matter what they're asking, just what they are reporting and late Wednesday, the New York Times broke it wide open.
In a piece that had apparently been in the works since Christmas, the Times reported that, John McCain might have had a romantic affair with a 40-year-old lobbyist eight years ago as he geared up for his inaugural run for President.
Both McCain and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, have denied an affair but sources quoted said aides of the senator were worried enough to "protect the candidate from himself" by "instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him."