Trouble Brewing for Captain Underpants?

From the Los Angeles Times:

Hensley & Co., one of the nation’s major beer wholesalers, has brought the family of Cindy McCain wealth, prestige and influence in Phoenix, but it could also create conflicts for her husband, Sen. John McCain, if he is elected president in November.

Hensley, founded by Cindy McCain’s late father, holds federal and state licenses to distribute beer and lobbies regulatory agencies on alcohol issues that involve public health and safety.


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The company has opposed such groups as Mothers Against Drunk Driving in fighting proposed federal rules requiring alcohol content information on every package of beer, wine and liquor.

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The involvement of McCain’s family in federal regulatory issues could create a conflict of interest for a future McCain administration, according to advocacy groups and political analysts.

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Cindy McCain holds the title of company chairwoman and controls about 68% of the privately held company stock with her children and the senator’s son, according to records at the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control.

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In an interview in May, she said she knew “everything that is going on” and communicated with her executive team every day.

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“You can’t run a beer company out of the White House,” said Samuel L. Popkin, a political science professor at UC San Diego. “You can’t run any company from the White House. McCain is leaving a live hand grenade on the table, a major embarrassment.”

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Indeed, apart from its potential to create a conflict of interest, the mere ownership of the beer distributor could turn off some social conservatives and those who object to alcohol use.

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“I am sure for some individual Southern Baptists, [the McCain family’s involvement in the beer business] would be a concern,” said Roger S. Oldham, vice president of Southern Baptist Convention relations.

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Under federal law, liquor is taxed more heavily than beer and must contain a label that discloses alcohol content by percentage or proof. Beer and wine containers have no such disclosure requirement, though alcohol content varies widely.

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Marin Institute, the Consumer Federation of America and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, among others, assert that such information would help Americans drink responsibly and avoid drunk driving.

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“We strongly oppose any proposal that would back a display of alcohol content in terms of fluid ounces or pure alcohol per ‘standard serving,’ ” wrote Andrew McCain, the senator’s son. The 2005 letter was sent to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a unit of the Treasury Department.

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Hensley executives have also contributed heavily to the National Beer Wholesalers Assn., which operates the nation’s seventh-largest political action committee and has argued against the label.

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McCain has avoided problems in the Senate by recusing himself on alcohol issues, according to executives at the Distilled Spirits Council, the liquor industry’s trade association.

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While that has worked for McCain as senator, a president can not recuse himself or his administration from public policy issues as broad as alcohol, which is regulated by agencies including Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.

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It is not clear exactly how Cindy McCain could avoid such controversy, but a range of public interest groups say she should separate herself and her husband from Hensley — no doubt a difficult and emotional issue for any heir to a family business.

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“I believe she would have to put that stuff in a blind trust of some kind,” [chief executive of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Charles] Hurley said, “where she would not be involved.”

Other experts, however, question whether a blind trust would go far enough to insulate a McCain administration, since the ownership would still benefit the family.

No biggie, kids, or…..

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13 responses to “Trouble Brewing for Captain Underpants?

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    i saw a comment somewhere today wondering if cindy mccain was a different person at home than in public.

    i just want her to stay out of the public!

    bottoms up!

  2. i’m sure she is quite different at home. she is probably kind to her children. after all, they aren’t riffraff like the rest of us. what i wonder about is what she is like when she is tending to her business. i wonder how she treats her employees. i bet you wouldn’t see the same cindy lou that you see when she makes a guest appearance on tv.

  3. nightowl724

    What a post title, nonnie!

    Comment to cover #1: When you say Bud, you’ve said it all!”

    Comment to cover #2: Got beer?

    PS: CU looks grand in WC’s suit…

  4. capt u always looks better in outfits from another era. unfortunately, his thinking is usually from another era, too.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    mccain on family issues: 11th century.

  6. jenn,
    that’s just for our families. his family is quite well taken care of.

  7. jlms qkw - jenn

    hmm, do his kids use birth control? he’s got a total of 7, so my guess is he didn’t.

  8. i would bet that capt u has absolutely no idea what his kids do or think, aside from maybe his 3 sons from his first marriage (if he spent any time with them when he was not busy chasing cindy lou around the desk at the beer distributorship). he was 48 when his first kid with cindy was born. there is a huge generation gap, and i doubt that he understands his kids, and vice versa.

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  10. jeb

    Yep, a blind trust. It worked for Big Dick and his Halliburton interest. It’s just a coincidence that Halliburton/KBR continues to under perform and still clean up on DoD no-bid contracts.

    So maybe if CU becomes Pres, Cindy’s company will get all of the beer distributorship rights for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sounds lucrative to me.

  11. no need to stop at just iraq and afghanistan, jeb. there are troops stationed in japan and germany, and we know that they don’t make beer in either one of those countries, right? 🙄

  12. jeb

    I’ll drink to that.

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