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Friday, July 11, 2008

McCain Got Marriage License for 2nd Wife While Still Married to 1st

The Los Angeles Times tries to air some dirty laundry, digging into the McCain's marriage timeline, including statements the Senator has made about the timing of his meeting to his current wife Cindy, and his former wife, Carol:

Although McCain suggested in his autobiography that months passed between his divorce and remarriage, the divorce was granted April 2, 1980, and he wed Hensley in a private ceremony five weeks later. McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife.
The Times also goes into how his divorce from Carol strained his friendship with the Reagans:
In a written statement, [Nancy Reagan] described McCain as "a good friend for over 30 years." But that friendship was strained in the late 1970s by McCain's decision to divorce his first wife, Carol, who was particularly close to the Reagans, and within weeks marry Cindy Hensley, the young heiress to a lucrative Arizona beer distributorship. The Reagans rushed to help Carol, finding her a new home in Southern California with the family of Reagan aide Edwin Meese III and a series of political and White House jobs to ease her through that difficult time.
The McCain campaign refused to comment on the story other than to say: "the senator has always taken responsibility for [the breakup of the marriage]."

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