From Mike Stark at HuffPo
Lets jump to the meat of the conversation between Mike Stark and John McCain:
Stark: “Well have you always been faithful to Cindy McCain?”
McCain: “Oh no… that’s not what I’m going to talk about.”
Stark: “Have you been faithful to your wife? You won’t answer? C’mon – how ’bout a little of that straight talk?”
(crowd beginning to get angry – hissing)
McCain: “Young man, I will tell you that I have a son serving in Iraq in the Marines.”
Stark: “Yes – I know. I know a lot about you. Have you cheated on Cindy McCain? Why won’t you answer?”
McCain turned away.
Now Mike Stark is the king of the gotcha question – he’s the one that asked George Allen if he ever used the N word. But what makes him the king of this is he finds the ultimate gotcha question, the absolutle last question a candidate wants to answer.
It also is significant that:
(All of the aforementioned was caught on film and microphone by the networks. As far as I know, it has not been released and probably won’t be.
Why has no one released it? Releasing it, on the website if nothing else, is the default decision – an interesting question being asked and the candidate not answering.
The editorial decision to not release it only makes sense in the context of this issue is not appropiate for the public. And some issues are not appropiate. But Gary Hart to Bill Clinton have made it clear that infidelity is appropiate, at least for Democratic candidates.
He also touches on this backstory
Not long ago, the New York Times reported the story of McCain’s relationship with the sultry lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. McCain surrogates furiously denounced the story, but oddly, John McCain never brought it up.
As I made the rounds in Washington, several people mentioned the story. A theme developed. None would go on the record, but more than one suggested that fidelity in the McCain marriage was not a priority for either partner. I was told that reporters know a lot more than they let on, but they are reticent about bringing it up.
There’s a very good chance that McCain has cheated. There’s also a good chance Cindy McCain has cheated and it’s sexist and unfair but people will think even worse of John McCain if he was cheated on.
With the web and YouTube and the non-stop news from a million different sources, if this is real it’s not going to be kept hidden. But John McCain has been protected by the press for 30+ years and so he will assume it can be kept under wraps.
And so, rather than addressing it immediately and as well as can be done, it’s going to fester and dribble out and be a major issue as the campaign continues.
And Mike Stark is also superb at keeping his gotcha questions out there. We’ll continue to see this. Definitely more bad news for McCain.