But at a campaign stop in Indiana, McCain replied with a dismissive “no” when asked if he was concerned by the FEC’s letter.
“It’s not a decision. It’s an opinion, according to our people,” he said.
See my rundown of the issue here. Essentially what McCain is saying is that since the FEC is effectively shut down, a letter from its chairman carries no weight.
It’s a take that drew a sharp analogy from Republican election lawyer Jan Baran, who was quoted by The Washington Post as saying that McCain’s position “”is like saying you’re going to break into houses because the sheriff is out of town.”