McCain daughter's tweet exposes Sin City deceit
Students at Juniata College got a lesson in dirty, sexy changes in plans.
Best-selling author Meghan McCain canceled her lecture there Friday "for several unforeseen professional responsibilities," according to her publicist. Instead, the author of "Dirty Sexy Politics," who is the daughter of Sen. John McCain, partied with her posse in Las Vegas.
"First real time off in months," she tweeted on Twitter. "Was gonna rest up for phase two of my "Dirty Sexy Politics" book tour but headed to sin city with my favorite crew of sinners instead ... Viva Las Vegas, baby."
Her faux pas created an Internet buzz in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and rankled many of the college's 1,550 students.
"Overall, the students are very upset that this happened -- kind of like we weren't good enough for her," said student body President Travis Raup, 21, a senior from Danville in Montour County.
McCain, 25, published a blog during her father's unsuccessful run in 2008 for the presidency as the Republican nominee.
"I feel like we deserve an apology and a better explanation," Raup said. "The situation would be different if the Twitter posts weren't so revealing of her real intentions."
Zach Gordon, 21, a senior from Wilmington, Del., is president of the College Democrats. Some members had planned to attend her talk.
"I understand things come up," he said, "but a surprise trip to Las Vegas doesn't sit with me as an adequate reason for ditching your obligation to a commitment."
McCain's agent, Kenny Rahtz, hung up when reached for a comment.
College spokesman John Wall said McCain would have been paid $7,500 for the appearance. Her lecture will be rescheduled if the college and author can find an open date.
The school's location in Huntingdon County -- about two-and-a-half hours from Pittsburgh and three-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia -- may have contributed to her decision to cancel.
"I guess she felt she couldn't sell many books here," Wall said.
Wall said the incident proves one thing.
"I guess whatever you tweet in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas," he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pa. trooper ambush suspect Frein in court after long manhunt
- Police: Man wanted in fatal ambush of Pennsylvania trooper finally captured
- Newsmaker: Thomas M. Thompson