John McCain squashed Tom Gosinski, who’d contacted the DEA about Cindy McCain using his name for forged Prescriptions

14 Years Ago, John McCain used his Keating Five lawyer to harass a Gosinski

McCain filed extortion charges  and the media played along at the time

Lies, Theft, Pain-killers and Cindy McCain 

We ran across a story written in 1994, a full 14 years ago, detailing the Cindy McCain “almost” drug-theft scandal which the McCains managed to weasel their way out of.

These days Cindy McCain is the picture of the glowing, supportive spouse of a politician running for President. It was a different picture back then, at least in private, as the McCain’s managed to turn the tale of Cindy’s scheme for stealing narcotics using the doctors who worked in the charity she ran, into one of “redemption”.

At the time, journalists were willing to play along, the “tearful” confession, the claims of attempting to battle her addiction by seeking treatment, which turned out to be untrue.

GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s wife Cindy took to the airwaves last week, recounting for Jane Pauley (on “Dateline”) and Diane Sawyer (on “Good Morning America”) the tale of her onetime addiction to Percocet and Vicodin, and the fact that she stole the drugs from her own nonprofit medical relief organization.

It was a brave and obviously painful thing to do.

It was also vintage McCain media manipulation. Source – Salon

The Phoenix New Times wrote an extensive piece covering the McCain’s machinations to keep Cindy out of jail and out of the harsh public eye. After all, how would the the public feel about a woman who stole narcotics to feed her habit using the very doctors who worked for her charity? They also attempted to have the unintentional whistle-blower, Tom Gosinski, charged with extortion.

And it worked, to a “T”.

From the John McCain website:

As an advocate for children’s health care needs, Cindy founded and ran the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) from 1988 to 1995. AVMT provided emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished children throughout the world. Cindy led 55 medical missions to third world and war-torn countries during AVMT’s seven years of existence. On one of those missions, Mother Teresa convinced Cindy to take two babies in need of medical attention to the United States. One of those babies is now their adopted daughter, 15 year old Bridget McCain.

A friend of Cindy’s, Tom was hired in September of 1991 as director of government and international affairs. Tom says that by the summer of 1992 he and other employees thought Cindy’s behavior to be so erratic that “she was addicted to the prescription narcotics Percocet and Vicodin. They believed she was obtaining these drugs illegally in the names of her employees and the public charity she founded.”

Before Cindy McCain’s problems became public, Gosinski had written that she stole a great many Percocets. How did the McCains deal with that?

Read rest of story:

Cindy McCain: The McCain Manipulation Machine 


Cindy McCain: The McCain Manipulation Machine

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at All DBKP  stories  are filed under Mondoreb at BNN.

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