Many of us were surprised to find a message from Cindy Hensley McCain among our recent email. Included in the missive is a video, urging us not only to vote in the upcoming election, but to pledge to vote like “Mavericks.”
Surely she isn’t encouraging us to emulate her late husband and give a dramatic thumbs down (brief video) to our own party?
Make no mistake. Cindy is hustling. She writes, “As you know, my husband dedicated his life to serving a cause greater than himself. That’s why I’m so proud to let you know about the McCain Institute’s new initiative: #MavericksNeeded.
Its supposed focus is human rights. Cindy tells us, “If you care about human rights, if you refuse to tolerate injustice – you are a Maverick. You belong in the arena.”
The core is far more complex. In September, when appointed as a senate place holder, former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl made clear his intention to leave in December 2018. This reemergence of Cindy McCain sounds a like a priming of the pump for Gov. Ducey to appoint her to finish out her hubby’s term. Cindy recently endorsed Ducey as he campaigns for a second term, but their relationship is much deeper than the political. When Ducey first arrived in Arizona to attend ASU, his first job was working for Cindy’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. The Ducey’s have remained close to the McCain’s, even visiting John in his final days at the McCain’s Cornville compound. John McCain encouraged Ducey’s political career.
“The values John fought for weren’t just his, they are and remain American ideals — and it’s time to fight for them again. That’s what this initiative is all about,” Cindy tells us. “It’s not about right or left, it’s about right or wrong. Mavericks like you are needed now more than ever.” We are even instructed to take a pledge to carry on McCain’s legacy.
This ambitious undertaking is all under the auspices of the McCain Institute at ASU — a slick means of skirting campaign finance reform, allegedly so near and dear to John’s heart.
As renowned burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee was famous for saying,“Ya gotta have a gimmick.”