Cindy McCain’s half sister is planning on voting for Barack Obama, according to a report.
Kathleen Hensley Portalski, who is Cindy McCain’s half sister, revealed: “I’m not voting for McCain. I have a different political standpoint.”
The Phoenix resident explained: “I’m voting for Obama. I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I’m not a big war believer.”
Kathleen Portalski, 65, and the potential first lady Cindy McCain, 54, shares the same father: Jim Hensley, the founder of the beer distributor Hensley and Co. that Cindy McCain now chairs.
In an interview with NPR News’ All Things Considered last week, Kathleen Portalski said she felt “like a non-person” after Cindy McCain described herself as an “only child.”
Kathleen Portalski’s mother is Hensley’s first wife; Cindy McCain’s mother, Marguerite Hensley, also had another daughter from her first marriage.
Kathleen described her half-sister as “kinda cool, standoffish.” She also doesn’t expect Cindy McCain to make an effort to reconcile their relationship, adding: “She never has, and I doubt that she ever will.”
Kathleen Portalski’s son Nathan, a 45-year-old aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.
Nathan said: “I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat. I would not vote at all before I’d vote for him. I question whether Cindy is someone I’d want to see in the White House as first lady.”