Lobbyist in McCain Flap Speaks Out
Vicki Iseman, the lobbyist who The New York Times tried to connect with Sen. John McCain, has broken her silence, saying unequivocally that she never was romantically involved with the Arizona lawmaker.
"I did not have a sexual relationship with Sen. McCain," Iseman told the National Journal. "I never had an affair or an inappropriate relationship with Sen. McCain, and that means I never acted unethically in my dealings with the senator."
She added: "I have never even been alone with Sen. McCain."
In February, Iseman figured prominently in an explosive, 3,000-word front-page story in The Times, which quoted unnamed McCain aides who said they had worked to keep the senator and lobbyist apart amid rumors the pair might have a romantic relationship.
Iseman questioned the story's reporting and blamed John Weaver, a former McCain aide who was quoted by The Times and The Post. Iseman said Weaver had an "axe to grind" and he made The Times reporters into his "marionettes."
At the time the story ran, it generated immediate controversy and questions among columnists and news organizations about how the story should have been handled. The McCain campaign issued a statement saying the story was a "a hit and run smear campaign."
The Post, which published its own story on McCain's dealings with Iseman soon after The Times, did not characterize the interaction as a romantic relationship.
The Times has continued to stand behind its story, said Dean Baquet, an assistant managing editor who runs the newspaper's Washington bureau.
By Derek Kravitz |
October 17, 2008; 7:08 PM ET
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