Every time I decide I’m sick of politics and just honest to God don’t want to think about it anymore, something always sparks my interest and I just have to write about it.
As most everyone knows by now, Anheuser-Busch has been bought by an international beer distributor called InBev.
Among other countries, InBev does business in Cuba, a nation that is currently on the U.S. Terror Watch list.
Living in the St. Louis area, it’s pretty close to impossible to escape the daily bombardment of news stories related to this takeover… much of the city is in mourning, as Anheuser-Busch is pretty much a staple around here.
People worry about their jobs, as well as what’s going to happen to our beloved Grant’s Farm (home to the famous clydesdales), and the brewery tours.
Both places offer free beer to visitors. Now what’s going to happen?!?!
With the exception of wondering about the fate of Grant’s Farm (I love that place!) I tend to take the position of a curious outsider. I’m not from here, so I can’t relate to a lot of the emotions people are experiencing about all this.
To me, it’s just business.
Cindy McCain owns a large Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Arizona, known as Hensley and Co.
It’s common knowledge that in the past, John McCain has abstained from voting on all matters beer, as he can’t possibly do so when part of his wife’s fortune is tied up in the industry.
Conflict of interest and all that.
My question is, what’s going to happen now that InBev has bought Anheuser-Busch?
Can Mrs. McCain continue to do business with a company who has ties to Cuba?
I don’t think John McCain can continue his tough stance on all-things Cuban when his wife is making ends meet by doing business with a company that’s operating in a terrorist nation (Senator McCain’s words- not mine).
For now, McCain’s camp won’t comment on any of this- other than to say he is committed to acting ethically on all matters should he be elected President.
I think the only option is for Cindy to sever all ties to Hensley and Co.
Unfortunately, to do so would cost her at least $800,000 in stock… and who knows what-all else.
That’s a big chunk of change, even for the likes of the filthy rich.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the McCain’s dinner conversation over this… is he the slightest bit concerned about looking like a complete hypocrite should his wife keep her stock in Hensley and Co.?
Is she the slightest bit resentful that she may have to give up a ton of cash so that her husband can further his career?
I know I would be!
If Cindy doesn’t relinquish all of her interest in the distributorship, her husband’s screwed… and while walking away from the kind of money this business endeavor is making her won’t be easy, I think trading it in for the posh accomodations of the White House may make it all worth-while…
That is, unless he loses.