Till death do us part. That's what most people say on their wedding day. There's also the whole richer/poor, sickness/health thing too. Of course, barely 50% of all marriages go the distance, so it's hardly surprising that many Presidential candidates are on their 2nd and 3rd go-rounds.
But what makes Cotton Hill McCain's marital situation so odd is the circumstances under which his first marriage ended. It's common knowledge by now that he hooked up with beer-heiress Cindy Hensley while he was still married. What's perhaps less talked about his his first wife, who's been virtually invisible.
Not anymore, cause Carol McCain is talkin'.
I don't usually like quoting stories so extensively, but this DailyMail UK article is packed with far too much info, so I encourage you guys to have a read.
McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children.Hmmmm, sounds like a man of integrity to me. Your old wife, who prayed and waited for you over 5 years while you were in captivity gets crippled, and whaddya do?
And yet, had events turned out differently, it would be she, rather than Cindy, who would be vying to be First Lady. She is McCain’s first wife, Carol, who was a famous beauty and a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965.
She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news. But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.
When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter. Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again. But when John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self.
When McCain was released in March 1973, he told reporters he was overjoyed to see Carol again. But friends say privately he was ‘appalled’ by the change in her appearance.
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.
UPGRADE to a 25 year old multi-millionaire!!!
How's that for economic stimulus!?! Marry a rich white woman! It's a foolproof plan for putting this country back on track. Who gives a f*ck about $4 gas and $6 cereal when you're wifey's worth a cool $100M!?!? If only there were more of em' to go around.
And you thought Cotton Hill was clueless about the financial concerns of the average Averican.
But already the McCains’ marriage had begun to fray. ‘John started carousing and running around with women,’ said Robert Timberg.Sounds pretty ambitious/opportunitistic to me.
McCain has acknowledged that he had girlfriends during this time, without going into details. Some friends blame his dissatisfaction with Carol, but others give some credence to her theory of a mid-life crisis.
He was also fiercely ambitious, but it was clear he would never become an admiral like his illustrious father and grandfather and his thoughts were turning to politics.
In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage.
McCain was then earning little more than £25,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi-millionaire who had impeccable political connections.
Your ole' lady ain't gettin' you to Washington? Trade her old ass in for a newer, younger, firmer, richer model!
Cause' nobody likes a broken trophy.
Carol and her children were devastated. ‘It was a complete surprise,’ says Nancy Reynolds, a former Reagan aide.I apologize for what likely reads like excessive gloating, but seriously, how f*ckin' Cold Blooded is it to kick the woman who waited for you while you were being tortured on the daily to the curb for a young chick who can finance your way to the Senate? Rick James couldn't have dreamed that one up.
Today, she stands at just 5ft4in and still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.
My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does.’
Question: I think we're in universal agreement that cheating politicians are commonplace. But does the way John McCain completely disposed of/upgraded from his first wife turn your stomach a bit?
The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind [Daily Mail UK]