Friday, June 09, 2006

McCain Talks About Political Pressure in Previous State Job

Under redirect, Hurley asked McCain if in her years of working in state government she'd ever felt pressured by a higher-up political employee to steer anything a certain way. She recalled that when she was in the Department of Development, which then oversaw the Department of Tourism, there was a much sought-after advertising contract up for bid.

She remembered there were "clearly some desires on the part of certain persons," but the agency involved did not get the contract.

Then McCain put a finer point on it. "I never had anyone for whom I have worked come to me and say, 'Helen, this has to happen.' That's never happened."

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