Mac's Brother Calls 911 Over Traffic Troubles

'(Bleep) you!' Joe McCain replies to operator's query
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 1:14 PM CDT
John McCain's brother Joe called 911 to complain about a traffic jam in Alexandria, Virginia.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Power corrupts, especially if you're stuck in traffic. A man believed to be John McCain’s brother called 911 to complain about being caught in gridlock in suburban Washington, WJLA-TV reports. "Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic?" asks the operator on the tape. After a pause, the caller says, "(Expletive) you!" and hangs up.

Upon redialing the number, the operator reached the phone’s voicemail, which said, “Hi, this is Joe McCain. I can't take this message now because I'm involved in a very (inaudible) important political project. I hope on November 4th we have elected John.” McCain then called 911 back to complain about the operator’s warning that his improper use of 911 was criminal.