DRIV­ING MISS ROWENA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Roberta McCain, 96-year-old mother of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Sen. John McCain, never ceases to amaze, if not out­pace those she en­coun­ters on the cam­paign trail.

In­clud­ing ladies in at­ten­dance for the re­cent Repub­li­can Women’s Fed­eral Fo­rum lun­cheon at the Capi­tol Hill Club (the McCain fam­ily town house un­til the early 1950s), among them Carly Fio­r­ina, busi­ness­woman and McCain eco­nomic ad­viser; Franki Roberts, wife of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts; Su­san Allen, wife of for­mer Vir­ginia Sen. Ge­orge Allen; Joanne Kemp, wife of for­mer New York con­gress­man Jack Kemp; LaDonna Cur­zon, Repub­li­can ac­tivist; and Sally At­wa­ter, widow of the late Repub­li­can po­lit­i­cal strate­gist Lee At­wa­ter (the cou­ple’s daugh­ter, Ashley At­wa­ter, led the Pledge of Al­le­giance).

Mrs. Fio­r­ina, for­mer chair­man of the board and CEO of Hewlet­tPackard, told the crowd that she just re­turned from Paris, where Mrs. McCain is ad­mired by young and old alike. Af­ter all, when she trav­eled to France two years ago at the age of 94, ac­com­pa­nied by her iden­ti­cal-twin sis­ter Rowena Willis, she tried to rent a car, but was in­formed she was too old.

So what did the el­derly Mrs. McCain do?

She pur­chased a car, the story was told, and when the twins’ French hol­i­day drew to a close, Mrs. McCain sold it.

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