CINDY McCAIN–Wife of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): In 1995, Cindy McCain admitted to stealing Percocet® and Vicodin® from the American Voluntary Medical Team, which provides humanitarian aid to Third World countries. The two narcotic painkillers are Schedule II drugs, in the same category as cocaine and opium. Sen. McCain is the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Cindy McCain became addicted to the drugs after undergoing back surgery. However, instead of prosecution, the senator’s wife was allowed to enter a pretrial diversion program. An editorial writer in the Arizona Republic noted: “Conservatives seemed to achieve some sort of drug-rehab epiphany when Ms. McCain made her announcement. Newspapers that often used words such as drug addict and thug as describing the same person suddenly had a new sensitivity to the problem” (Doug MacEachern, “Painkillers Took Over Her Life,” SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, August 23, 1995, p. 8A; James Bovard, “Prison Sentences of the Politically Connected,” PLAYBOY, April 1997, p. 46).
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