Conservative site launches full-frontal attack on McCain, questioning 'explosive' temper

Published: Thursday July 6, 2006

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A conservative website has launched a full-frontal attack on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who the story says has an "irrational, explosive" temper, citing two former Republican senators and GOP aides.

At least two Democratic aides have told RAW STORY McCain has shown a similar temperament. Multiple sources have also said that McCain has a practice of leaking stories on those he doesn't get along with -- and is believed by several reporters and Senate aides to have been behind a series of leaks in the Jack Abramoff scandal. McCain's office has vehemently denied the claims.

"I have witnessed incidents where he has used profanity at colleagues and exploded at colleagues," former Senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee told Newsmax in a story yesterday. "He would disagree about something and then explode. It was incidents of irrational behavior. We've all had incidents where we have gotten angry, but I've never seen anyone act like that."

According to Newsmax, "McCain's outbursts often erupted when other members rebuffed his requests for support during his bid in 2000 for the Republican nomination for president. A former Senate staffer recalled what happened when McCain asked for support from a fellow Republican senator on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee."

"The senator explained that he had already committed to support George Bush," a former Senate staffer told the site. "McCain said f you' and never spoke to him again."

The site added that another former senator also had gripes with McCain after a dispute.

"McCain used the f-word," the senator allegedly told Newsmax. "McCain called the guy a sh--head.' The senator demanded an apology. McCain stood up and said, I apologize, but you're still a sh--head.' That was in front of 40 to 50 Republican senators. That sort of thing happened frequently."

"People who disagree with him get the f--- you," added former Rep. John LeBoutillier, a New York Republican.

"Are you wired up?" LeBoutillier quoted McCain as asking. "Of course not," LeBoutillier said.

"Prove it," McCain allegedly said.

The former New York Republican told the site he lowered his pants, apparently satisfying McCain that he was not taping him.

"He is a vicious person," LeBoutillier said. "Nearly all the Republican senators endorsed Bush because they knew McCain from serving with him in the Senate. They so disliked him that they wouldn't support him. They have been on the hard end of his behavior."

McCain's press secretary did not respond to requests from the site for comment.