An attendee at today’s Senate Rules Committee hearing on the
Federal Election Commission relates the following story:
Senator John McCain of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was set
to testify today, as was FEC chairman Bradley Smith. Before the hearing
began, Smith went over to McCain to introduce himself.
McCain had his hand sort-of out, but then pulled it back. He said to
Smith that while he would say “hello” to him, he would not shake his hand.
He then called Smith a “bully,” “corrupt” and someone “with no concern for
the Constitution,” or words to that effect. He then added that he didn’t
have to talk to Smith, wasn’t going to talk to Smith, and that he wouldn’t
talk to him anymore.
I witnessed the exchange. I am assuming that anyone sitting a similar
distance away, who chose to pay attention, would have also heard and seen
the same thing.