Starr: McCain’s people never talked to me

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Various participants in a 1990s Pittsburgh station swap proposal weighed in last week on the nature of Sen. John McCain’s involvement in the deal, which has received new scrutiny in light of questions raised by the New York Times about the GOP presidential candidate’s dealings with a communications lobbyist. Now Jerrold Starr, a sociologist and activist who opposed proposed Pittsburgh deal, refutes McCain’s recent claims that the senator’s staff also met with advocates who were against the proposed sell-off. “It never happened,” he told ABC News. Any lobbying “would have come through us,” said Linda Wambaugh, Starr’s co-chair on the so-called Save Pittsburgh Public Television Campaign. “There was absolutely no contact whatsoever — no meetings, no phone calls, no correspondence.”