Why did Livingston County Republican Party Facebook page take a swipe at John McCain?

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Will Stuart, foreground, as Arizona Sen. John McCain speaks to the crowd at Crystal Gardens in January 2008.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on May 29, 2018. We are moving it back into current rotation because of today’s news that John McCain is stopping his treatment for brain cancer. Our prayers are with him and his family.

I’ve always liked Arizona Sen. John McCain.

My son got to meet him — and get his autograph — when he came to Howell in January 2008 as part of that year’s presidential campaign.

It was an exciting event; the buzz in the crowd that day was palpable. Everyone was so excited for the chance to meet all the John McCains: the senator, the war hero, the man who could be president.

I was excited to be there as the editor of the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, and even more so because I was able to introduce my son, then 8 years old, to a great American. There were lots of other people there, too, many who also had kids in tow to see and hear from a man who might become president of the United States.

McCain spoke for two hours, and taking questions from the crowd at Crystal Gardens, including this one that made the national news.

Now, my sincere admiration for John McCain doesn’t mean I agree with him politically; that said, I’ve always had the upmost respect for him, especially as a war hero. The story of his being shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese over Hanoi in 1967, and then being held as a prisoner of war for five years — even refusing to be released ahead of his fellow prisoners — is the stuff of legend.

But the Livingston County Republican Party, for whatever reason, felt it necessary to diss McCain not once, but twice, on its Facebook page on Sunday, May 27, in a post that talked about how important Livingston County is politically. In that post, the author chose to dishonor McCain by refusing twice to call him by his name.

Since the post on the LCRP Facebook page is unsigned, it comes off like it is the official position of the Livingston County Republican Party. It’s hard for me to believe that that is the case.

And on top of that, could the timing be any more tone deaf? John McCain, valiant war hero and lifelong public servant, is battling a brain tumor for his life, for crissakes. Have we really become that disrespectful?

Truth be told, when I first saw the post with the McCain slap, I gasped. I was shocked that anyone would choose to dishonor a war hero who bravely sacrificed so much, and who went on to become decorated for his distinguished service with awards that include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

And to top it all off, the LCRP Facebook page the next day posted a Memorial Day tribute to veterans.

Taken together, these posts, coming just a day apart, seem way too schizophrenic. And it’s head-scratchingly bewildering that anyone could possibly consider McCain’s service and sacrifice deserving of anything other than great honor and our deep, undying gratitude.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post, and is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.


  1. Senator John McCain is a politician who has been very vocal in his opposition to President Trump. In doing so he has alienated himself with most Republicans. Democrats have so little to run on they try to create angst over his name not being mentioned in a comment. If that weren’t pathetic enough, the sole supporting comment used a fake word instead of “for Christ’s sake” which may offend some socialists because of its religious nature.

  2. Thanks for bringing attention to this. I know that not all County Republicans are bullies or parrots in denial of the simple fact that McCain IS an honored veteran and former POW and war hero. Therefore they would like to know.

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