“Excerpt from Sunday August 26, 2018, the Los Angeles Times front-pager on Senator McCain’s passing. I agree about the honor part and understand his suffering unfairly at the hands of his own government being terrible. I had it much worse on that front. But we all know that nothing can compare…
…to being in war or worse, being a POW and being tortured. God Bless John McCain.”, Mike Perry, former Chairman and CEO, IndyMac Bank
“Perhaps his greatest notoriety, however, came as a member of the “Keating Five.”
In the late 1980s, Charles H. Keating Jr., the owner of Irvine-based Lincoln Savings & Loan, spread cash donations to five U.S. senators — including McCain — in hopes of thwarting a federal investigation into Lincoln’s questionable investments and lending practices.
After a lengthy court-like procedure, McCain was found guilty by the Senate Ethics Committee of showing “poor judgment” for twice meeting with regulators at Keating’s request.
Although there was no sanction, McCain called the experience worse than anything he suffered as a war prisoner.
“The Vietnamese,” he said, “didn’t question my honor.””