On Monday, a report in Newsmax that Governor Doug Ducey is expected to appoint Cindy McCain to replace her husband Sen. John McCain set social media ablaze. Newsmax reported that “Cindy McCain following John in the Senate through appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., is a near certainty.”
None of the sources for the report would go on the record.
An appointment of Cindy would surely hurt Governor Ducey’s chances for re-election. McCain is one of the least popular senators in the country, and his wife is not a popular figure in Arizona.
Her personal struggle with addiction years ago has haunted her as well. According to Newsone.com:
From 1989 to 1992, Cindy McCain was a drug addict. She was addicted to Percoset and Vicodin. Rather than go to a street dealer or doctor shop like Rush Limbaugh, McCain stole pills from the charity she founded. McCain had founded The American Voluntary Medical Team, a relief organization whose purpose was to aid Third World countries.
The DEA audited her charity and found irregularities which prompted an investigation. A former employee, Tom Gosinski, was the one who tipped off the DEA to check out her organization. Gosinski said he was fired from the organization because he knew too much about Cindy McCain’s drug habit. Gosinski claims McCain would illegally obtain these drugs by using the names of her employees and the charity she founded. So Cindy McCain used pills meant to ease the suffering of starving African children for her own personal drug use.
Arizonans had hoped the ailing senator would step down in time for voters to have a choice in the matter. Although the senator has not been in D.C. since the Christmas break, he has ignored the public’s plea for him to retire.
Not since his daughter posted a picture of her father at the family’s compound in Cornville, Arizona in March has the senator been seen publicly.
According to the Newsmax report:
Should the seat become open before June 1, state law requires a special election this fall. Democrats from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., make little secret of their desire of having another Senate seat on the fall ballot in 2018 because they sense it is a good year for the party outside the White House.
However, if the vacancy in the seat occurs after June 1, state law says the appointee may serve more than two years and a special election would be held in 2020. (McCain won his sixth term in 2016 and this term will not expire until 2022).
In February, the Arizona Daily Independent asked readers if McCain should retire. Over 70 percent of the poll participants answered in the affirmative.