Friday, August 1, 2008

John McCain’s Cuba Connection

From TPM Election Central:

A high-ranking campaign staffer for John McCain lobbied for years on behalf of a major corporation in favor of repealing economic sanctions against Cuba, a position that is directly at odds with McCain’s position, according to lobbyist disclosure forms.

The staffer, John Green, who has held the key post of chief campaign liaison to members of Congress since early March, lobbied members of Congress extensively on behalf of French alcohol company Pernod Ricard, in their efforts to get sanctions weakened or repealed. In the process, according to the disclosure forms, he also did extensive work with members of Congress who favor repealing the Cuba embargo entirely, a position that is also strongly opposed by McCain.

Also, Pernod Ricard, which is in a partnership with the Cuban government, has had a long-running feud with Bacardi, which is run by Cuban exiles, most recently over the trademark for Havana Club rum.

It will be interesting to see how the supporters of Sen. McCain here in Little Havana feel about this.