The video of the exchange made McCain look like an insensitive douchebag, and his office is claiming that it was edited to make him look bad:
"This is an obvious case of selective editing to distort what Senator McCain actually said at Wednesday's town hall meeting," Rogers said. "As Senator McCain clearly said, his heart goes out to Mrs. Teves and her family and he is committed to working with members of both parties to try and prevent another senseless tragedy. And as he also said, Arizonans who come to his town hall meetings deserve to hear Senator McCain's honest opinion about this or any other issue, and the truth is that an assault weapons ban won't pass this Congress because of opposition from both political parties."
However the woman in question is not ready to let McCain off the hook quite so easily:
“I was very surprised that a senator, who has been in office for over 30 years, would address a grieving mother, who just lost her son exactly seven months prior — yesterday was the 20th, I lost my son on 7-20-2012 — to tell me that I needed ‘some straight talk,’” Caren Teves said by phone.
Clearly this woman does not feel that the Senator understood her pain nor offered her any hope of getting something serious done about the gun violence that ended her son's life.
But while SHE was simply disappointed her husband was simply livid: “The Senator owes my wife an apology - he is lucky I wasn’t there,” Tom Teves wrote in an email to TPM late Thursday. “He was a ‘tough guy’ with a grieving Mom - that is not who I want leading my country! The sad fact is I used to have a great deal of respect for the Senator McCain, not anymore.”
|Father of shooting victim not pleased with Senator McCain's response to his wife.|
Part of Mr. Teves anger at the Arizona Senator stems from a response he received from McCain's office to an earlier letter:
Teves said her husband recently wrote McCain a letter addressing the Aurora shooting, which took the lives of their son and 11 other people. But she said McCain’s office responded with a impersonal form letter that focused on an an entirely different massacre: the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Neither McCain nor his staff approached her after the town hall event, she added.
“I was surprised at that,” Teves said. “It takes a lot for me to just get out of bed every morning. I mean, this is still so new and so fresh, that my son was murdered. And I just expected a little more respect from someone who’s been in office over 30 years, and his staff. Between that and the form letter that we received, it’s just, it’s appalling.”
I guess the McCain camp might as well just go ahead and blame the response to their letter on "bad editing as well, right?
You know I have probably said this before, but it certainly bears repeating, "Fuck John McCain!"