Friday, October 31, 2008

McCain's Cousin Endorses Obama

Vaulx Boles says “straight talking, commonsense John McCain” is “long gone.”

(READING, PA)—John McCain’s cousin, Adam Vaulx Boles, today released the following statement:

I’m working with Keystone Progress in the hope that you will forward this email to any friends, family or co-workers who may still be undecided about who to vote for President.

Recently, my father gave me an envelope full of press clippings, which detail the years my cousin, then-Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain, was imprisoned in North Vietnam. John and I are related through our grandmothers. Katherine Vaulx McCain and Huetta Vaulx Boles, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas, were sisters.

When John threw his hat in the ring in 2000, my father and I were both very proud and encouraged, and not just because he's our relative. This was the first politician in a long time that, on a national stage, was saying things like, "Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer-reaches of American politics."

Jump ahead to the campaign Sen. McCain is currently running. Clearly, a lot can change in eight years.

Where is the straight-talking, commonsense John McCain of 2000? I'm afraid he is long gone, replaced by a desperate version of himself who seems to contradict nearly everything he once stood for. What becomes apparent in his ideological about-face is just how out of touch my cousin John really is with America's working families. A part of me is made very sad to write this email. As I've said, my family has followed John's life and career with no absence of pride. But like many Americans of good conscience, my father and I can no longer consider voting for our own cousin.

Instead, we will be voting for the hope and real change embodied by Barack Obama this Election Day.

Adam Vaulx Boles

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