Tom Gosinski Surfaces to Retell Cindy McCain Drug Story

By Amy Silverman

Tom Gosinski has surfaced. The guy who blew the whistle to New Times on Cindy McCain's prescription drug theft surfaced this week at a Holiday Inn in the Washington, D.C. area, telling his story again.

Here's our original story, published in 1994. I spoke briefly to Gosinski this summer; he called to say a guy calling himself a private investigator had shown up on his mother's doorstep, looking for Tom. Tom was horrified and so was his mom -- so he said, anyway.

Tom insisted the Cindy story was a thing of the past and that he was done talking. He'd moved on with his life. I emailed him just to be sure he hadn't changed his mind, for a story I did this summer. He didn't respond.

Guess this week's poll numbers blasted Gosinski back to the past?

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at