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Oh, About That First Wife

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Long before he was a war hero, or a Congressman or a Senator, John McCain was a naval officer and Carol Shepp McCain's husband. While he was held captive, she was in an accident so devastating that the subsequent surgeries left her 5 inches shorter and barely able to walk, but she refused to allow that information to be relayed to her captive husband in Vietnam. In a strange twist of fate, Ross Perot paid all her medical bills. When he got back, she walked with a limp and wasn't the skinny model-wife he left, but, damn, doesn't she look happy there on the left (in 1973)? That didn't last long. Rumor has it that he started catting around almost immediately and finally met Cindy in 1979, after which he bothered asking Carol for a divorce. He gave her the house and a generous settlement, blah, blah, blah, but, then again, he was marrying an heiress. He moved to Arizona in 1980, ran for office in 1982 and the rest is history. Carol, now 70, now lives in Virginia Beach and agreed to an interview because she wants everyone know that she thinks he's the best choice to be the next President, and doesn't blame him for leaving her "because John McCain didn't want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that just does." Yeah, girl, we know. It still sucks and we still think he's a dick. [Daily Mail]


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My grandfather was one of McCain's superiors a looong time ago. My grandfather is a die-hard republican. He says, scathingly, that McCain is a womanizer and a drunk.

I love my pawpaw.