Matt Towery

The New York Times story that broke this week suggesting John McCain had an improper relationship with a lobbyist created questions that even most political experts might recognize.

John Weaver, a longtime McCain confidant, left the McCain campaign when it was low on cash and appeared to be floundering. Weaver made it clear on one major cable network that he was not the source of the New York Times article. However, Weaver did acknowledge that he had spoken to McCain about the subject and acknowledged to another paper that he did in fact meet with the lobbyist in question regarding the 2000 presidential race, requesting that she keep her distance from Sen. McCain.

I doubt that many Americans will ultimately be too interested in any relationship McCain might have had with this lobbyist, given the fact that if he is elected president, he will be the oldest to ever take office. I mean no offense, but I really don't even want to mentally picture such a thing. But rather than dismiss a potentially significant political attack let me shed on a little light on Mr. McCain's friend and former close adviser, John Weaver.

If anyone believes that Weaver isn't upset about having parted ways with his longtime friend and political star McCain, then they do not understand the almost family-like relationship that develops between longtime advisers and political superstars. I agree with political pundit Tucker Carlson in his assessment that regardless of how it is put, Weaver is not acting as a friend to McCain.

What has failed to be reported concerning Weaver is the fact that he has not only been close to McCain but has extraordinary connections to some of the most important support groups for the Democratic Party. One example is that of the trial lawyers.

McCain was one of a handful of U.S. senators who opposed some aspects of "tort reform" on principal. In fact, as I openly opined, I happen to agree with several of McCain's points concerning government imposing restrictions on juries. In that regard I became aware of the strong relationship between Weaver and those responsible for running the national association that represents the trial bar.

One thing that Republicans are often confused over is the difference between a lawyer who might occasionally take on a client who seeks compensation for a real accident or injury versus a fairly elite group of sophisticated ambulance chasers who spend most of their time talking to their fellow super chasers about who owns the biggest jet or has the nicest third or fourth home. Now when we are talking about the trial bar, that's who we're talking about.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery