Last night in Phoenix, Senator John McCain was participating in the debate for Senate candidates. Outside the news station were protesters from the LGBT community, veterans organizations, and groups that support the DREAM act. The crowd was large a generated a lot of attention. Even Cindy McCain commented about it on her twitter page, “We are at the debate. Ready to roll. Lots of fun activists outside to great us!! Yahoooooo!” What Cindy didn’t mention was the activists’ message, “Shame on McCain.” Some were there to protest the war, others DADT, and others focused on the DREAM Act. Their unified cry, “Shame On McCain” would get take on a stronger meaning by the end of the night.
Following the debate as Senator McCain’s car was leaving the parking lot. While backing up the car hit one of the protesters, Luisa Valdez. Valdez, a disabled veteran, was pushed several inches by the car, which then sped off out of the parking lot. In the video below Valdez recounts the story to a local news station. While McCain wasn’t driving, he was in the car.
Valdez wanted a hit and run charge but according to Phoenix Police because McCain is a Senator this is acceptable behavior. Really? Hitting a disabled veteran is acceptable behavior. I thought Senator McCain wanted to hear from our men and women in uniform on this issue. I thought Veterans were important people in his world. Apparently this is just one more time Senator McCain displays his ability to flip-flop and his impatience.
Shame on McCain!