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Joe McCain Makes News

Tim Craig

WJLA in Washington reported tonight that GOP presidential nominee John McCain's brother, Joe, apparently called Alexandria's 911 emergency system earlier this week to complain about traffic.

According to the report, a man berated the 911 operator with an expletive after being told he shouldn't be calling to complain about traffic on the Beltway. When the operator called back, he got a voice mail that said, "Hi, this is Joe McCain, I can't take this message now because I am involved in a very important family political project."

After the operator left a message, the man called 911 again to complain about being given the "riot act."

Gail Gitcho, a McCain spokeswoman, declined comment.

Joe McCain has been campaigning across Virginia for his brother. Last month, Joe McCain made news at a campaign stop in Loudoun County when he referred to Arlington and Alexandria as "communist country." He later apologized, saying he was trying to make a joke.


By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2008; 10:39 PM ET
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Yawn. This is why I don't watch local news.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | October 23, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Most Virginians don't know who is running for the US House of Representatives in their own districts. Try finding that information on the WashPost.com.

If someone (ahem, Tim Craig) would stop wasting all their time on this mind numbing drivel, they (he) could actually report on who is running, what their record is and what they are saying, we could participate in the election of the 3rd branch of the US Government.

Mr. Craig, pull out your copy of the US Constitution and read Article 1. It's how laws are made and how budgets are allocated in this country. Not by the president, not by Joe McCain.

Come on, quit insulting your readers and report on the Virginia congressional elections before it is too late.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 24, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

You would never know by reading the Post or Washpost.com that there is another branch of government in the US. Nowhere on the website can I find which candidates are seeking election to the US Congress for the 1st Congressional District in Virginia, my district. Or any other district.

Instead, I now know this: "WJLA in Washington reported tonight that GOP presidential nominee John McCain's brother, Joe, apparently called Alexandria's 911 emergency system earlier this week to complain about traffic."

I also know plenty about politics in Bolivia from page A1 and all about Sarah Palin's wardrobe in the Style section. Shouldn't I know who may represent my family and me in our government? Isn't that infinitely more important?

Seriously, the writers and editors at the Post need to pull out and dust off their copies of the US Constitution and review Article 1. Maybe it will remind them that the US Congress has a role to play in the way our government deals with all matters, foreign and domestic.

*Article 1, Section 8: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes; To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;*

Yet it is still called "the Bush Tax Cut" the "Paulson bailout plan," and the presidential candidates are arguing which one of them will raise the most taxes. This is insane.

Aren't the duties spelled out in Article 1, Sec. 8 the most important functions for the public to consider in the current economic crisis? Why is it that the race for the president is focused on these issues and not the races for Congress? There is nothing there in the Post to even suggest that Congress has the ultimate say in resolving the financial crisis?

This isn't about covering local elections, this is about covering the federal government.

This is mind boggling.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 24, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious. This is great watching the GOP, and white people in general, completely lose their sh*t.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 24, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious. This is great watching the GOP, and white people in general, completely lose their sh*t.
Posted by: Kev29 | October 24, 2008 9:32 AM

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We have more white people voting and helping the Obama campaign than black or any other race so shut your ignorant stupid face. This is from a black person.

Posted by: TheDiplomat | October 24, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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