We will all recall to John McCain as a war hero and a devoted public servant, despite other people’s disagreement with certain political positions.
However, as most people do, he also leaves behind a personal story, and it’s one of heartache and disloyalty.
In an HBO special that was broadcasted just days before McCain died of brain cancer, his first wife, Carol, was speaking openly about what he had done to her.
Being a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years had been the main burden of John and Carol’s marriage. Upon his final arrival at home, McCain used his newfound celebrity status to catapult to senior positions first in the military and then on Capitol Hill. This also has put him at a distance from home.
It was during this time, and as his marriage to Carol deteriorated to a point beyond saving, that John met his second wife, Cindy, a woman 15 years his junior.
“He was looking for a way to be young again, and that was the end of that,” Carol told the producers of the HBO special. “I didn’t know anything about it, I had no idea what was going on, I was pretty much blindsided and it broke my heart.”
McCain’s daughter, Sidney, and his two adopted sons (children from Carol’s first marriage) were having trouble accepting his unfaithful behavior.
“It left a bad taste in my mouth ’cause I knew it wasn’t what my mother wanted,” said Doug McCain.
“We were all shocked and heartbroken,” added Sidney. “It caused quite a rift within the family.”
Even though this family break-up occurred nearly 40 years ago, according to the HBO interviews it’s obvious that what McCain did is still causing pain and heartache for these people.