To the Editor:

David Brooks (“The Real McCain,” column, Feb. 26) champions John McCain for his record defying the narrow interests advanced by business lobbyists. But it’s also worth noting the obvious: John McCain is a Republican.

And while many Democrats in Congress have nothing to be proud of when it comes to taking money from lobbyists and doing their bidding, Republicans are generally much worse.

Indeed, when the Republicans controlled Congress, Tom DeLay created a tight, campaign contribution-fueled alliance between the G.O.P. and some of the lowest of the K Street low.

Let’s remember that a vote for John McCain will be a vote to empower those in his party with a dismal record of putting business interests ahead of the public interest.

Mark Rosenman
Montclair, N.J., Feb. 26, 2008