Tuesday, February 07, 2006


ChiTrib: McCain accuses Obama of posturing

Arizonan letter's harsh tone stuns Illinois senator

By Jeff Zeleny, Washington Bureau -- Published February 7

Sen. McCainWASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, right, (R-Ariz.) delivered a sharp scolding Monday to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), accusing the freshman Democrat of exploiting ethics and lobbying reform for political gain rather than trying to achieve a bipartisan solution to limit the influence of money in politics.

"I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party's effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman senator and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness," McCain wrote. "I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn't always a priority for every one of us."

In a two-page letter, which contained atypically harsh and sarcastic words from one senator to another, McCain expressed regret for inviting Obama to join the bipartisan group he convened last week to discuss lobbying reform legislation.

Sen. ObamaObama, left, who has become a leading spokesman for the Democratic Party on ethics reform, responded Monday evening that he was puzzled and had "no idea what has prompted" the letter.

"Let me assure you that I am not interested in typical partisan rhetoric or posturing," Obama wrote in response. "The fact that you have now questioned my sincerity and my desire to put aside politics for the public interest is regrettable, but does not in any way diminish my deep respect for you nor my willingness to find a bipartisan solution to this problem."

Full Chicago Tribune story.

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