Something that has bugged me for a while in the media’s characterization of John McCain’s home in the northern section of our great state. First off, they call it a “ranch.” What does he raise there? To the folks in the Boswash corridor, it seems any rural home is either a “ranch” or a “cabin.”
The other bit that I find a bit funny is that they say that this, um, “ranch” is in Sedona. I used to hear them say it is in Cottonwood. The names of both of these towns evoke the Southwest to people in the rest of the country, so it makes McCain into a rugged westerner or something. The, um, “ranch” is actually about equidistant from both towns. The town it is actually closest to is Cornville. A nice place, I’m sure, but the name doesn’t evoke cottonwoods and red rocks. Might have helped him out in that Iowa Caucus though.
Which brings me around to the real issue here: the lack of cellphone service at the, um, “ranch.” Cindy McCain, as reported by the Washington Post, was preturbed that the rural serenity of the, um, “ranch” wasn’t constantly disturbed by the ringing of her cell phone. So, Verizon did what any corporate behemoth would do for any humble customer: they built special temporary towers for the McCain, um, “ranch.”
McCain’s spokesman claimed that the tower was built at the request of the Secret Service. Yeah, I have every reason to believe that one. Check this out from the Atlantic:
What’s also clear from the public record is that Verizon knew full well whose non-sacred Indian land this ranch belonged to. Though the formal, bureaucratic name for the McCain’s ranch seems to be “AZ 2 Hidden Valley Ranch,” Verizon’s internal map, obtained by The Atlantic (it was part of a Verizon engineer’s report on the property), refers to it as “John McCain’s cabin.” So while Cindy McCain may indeed have requested the tower over the web like an ordinary millionaire rancher with spotty phone reception, Verizon was well aware that she was anything but that.
So, given how much work Verizon had to put into this with local permits, ecological reports and archaological studies, how is this any different than what VECO did for Ted Stevens? Also, why hasn’t there been more attention to this from our state’s media?
NB – The Washington Post has posted extensive documents about this on their site.