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Cindy Lou McCain (1954- ) is the wife of John McCain, the American senator from Arizona who is running for president in 2008.

John McCain met her in 1979 at a party in Hawaii. He was 42 and married, she was 24 and the daughter of one of the richest men in Arizona. They had an affair. A year later he left his wife: “he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona”, as Ross Perot put it. Cindy used her fortune – she is worth about $100 million (8 million crowns) – to help John run for Congress.

Her father was the country’s third largest beer distributor for Anheuser-Busch. Cindy McCain is now the head of his company, Hensley & Co, employing about 650 people. She does not run the company day-to-day, leaving that to others.

She keeps her money separate from her husband’s. She is far richer than he is.

In addition to beer, she founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) in 1988, which helps to get doctors, nurses and medicine to parts of the world struck by war and disaster, places like Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Although AVMT came to an end in 1995, she still continues doing that sort of work, frequently going overseas to see how her money is spent to help the poor and the suffering.

She sits on the board of CARE.

Her children:

  • 1984: Meghan, news reporter
  • 1986: Jack, in the Navy
  • 1988: Jimmy, in the Marines
  • 1991: Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh

In the 2000 election John McCain’s enemies spread a lie that he had Bridget by a black woman out of wedlock.

Cindy McCain’s sufferings:

  • 1980s: several miscarriages
  • 1989: slipped disc (twice)
  • 1989: became hooked on the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin
  • 1993: hysterectomy
  • 2004: stroke, short-term memory loss
  • 2000s: carpal tunnel syndrome

She suffered back pains from at least 1989 to 1993. That was when she became hooked on painkillers. She got a doctor who worked for her as part of the AVMT to prescribe them.

In 1993 Tom Gosinski, who also worked for the AVMT, told the government about what was going on. That brought the DEA down on her. If it was one of us, we would be in prison.

A year before Gosinski wrote this in his journal:

In reality, I am working for a very sad, lonely woman whose marriage of convenience to a U.S. Senator has driven her to: distance herself from friends; cover feelings of despair with drugs; and replace lonely moments with self-indulgences.

That same year John McCain called her a “cunt” in public: she said his hair was getting thin and he said, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.”

She lives in Arizona, seeing her husband mainly on weekends.

When she was younger she worked with children with Down syndrome, like what Sarah Palin’s youngest child has.

In the 2008 election she informed us:

I have and always will be proud of my country.

This was in answer to Michelle Obama’s comment about being really proud of America for the first time in her adult life.

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