GOP Attacks Obama’s Visit to (Now Deceased) Grandmother
On election eve, Sen. John McCain announced his condolences to Sen. Barack Obama on the passing of his 86-year-old grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham. But other GOP officials spent Monday attacking Obama for his recent trip to visit Ms. Dunham.
The California GOP filed a last-minute complaint, contending:
Obama recently traveled to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother … Therefore, the Obama campaign violated the FEC’s ban on ‘personal use’ of campaign funds when it paid over $100,000 for the campaign’s charter to fly to Hawaii without obtaining reimbursement from Sen. Obama.
On Monday afternoon, the Democratic National Committee sent reporters news of the complaint, reported in a post at DailyKos. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee also got in on the act, according to Huffington Post. McCain effectively controls the RNC right now as the party’s nominee and standard bearer. McCain struck a different note, however, in his Monday night statement:
We offer our deepest condolences to Barack Obama and his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them as they remember and celebrate the life of someone who had such a profound impact in their lives.
There’s no reason to doubt the sincerity of McCain’s statement, but these mixed messages are a fitting end to a campaign marred by a schizophrenic approach to honor, dignity and truth in this election.