McCain Website Pilfers “Family Recipes”

Apr 15, 2008 5:20pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds Reports:  While most of the political world has been focused on controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s "bitter" comments, there has also been another scandal brewing in the political kitchen.

A savvy New York Attorney noted and cited a report on the Huffington Post website yesterday that a batch of recipes listed on John McCain’s campaign website, under the headline "McCain Family Recipes", were actually taken word for word from the website of the Food Network.

The recipes in question – including Ahi Tuna with Napa Cabbage Slaw, Passion Fruit Mousse, and Farfalle Pasta with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms —  were all credited on the website to McCain’s wife Cindy. Another recipe also appears to be very similar to a recipe of TV personality and chef Rachael Ray.

When questions over the pilfered recipes were brought to the attention of the McCain Campaign, they noted that an intern was at fault.

"Apparently a web intern of ours appointed an unknowing Rachel Ray to be our Senior Director for recipe policy," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds in a statement.  "The intern was dealt with swiftly and the site has been taken down for revision. Our humble apologies to Food Network."

ABC News’ Brett Hovell contributed to this report
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