Caillean's Ramblings

28 October 2008

…. I had no idea they’d stoop *that* low…

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 13:10

How in the hell did I miss this?

That supposed attack on the McCain volunteer by a ‘crazed black man, Obama supporter’ was entirely made up?  She’s arrested for it?

Fox News Exec. Vice President John Moody said, when the attack first broke, “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”  Guess what, the attack IS a hoax.

Talking Point Memo has a scathing pair of articles about it:

Even better?  This just in, she got kicked off the Ron Paul campaign for dirty tactics and it appears, pulled the ‘attacked for being a supporter’ card before.

See BoingBoing – “Ashley Todd pulled hoax hijinks in Ron Paul campaign, too” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “McCain volunteer admits ot hoax”.

In March, Ms. Todd was asked to leave a grass-roots group of Ron Paul supporters in Brazos County, Texas, group leader Dustan Costine said. He said Ms. Todd posed as a supporter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and called the local Republican committee seeking information about its campaign strategies.

“She would call the opposing campaign and pretend she was on their campaign to get information,” Mr. Costine said last night. “We had to remove her because of the tactics she displayed. After that we had nothing to do with her.”

About a month earlier, he said, Ms. Todd sent an e-mail to the Ron Paul group saying her tires were slashed and that campaign paraphernalia had been stolen from her car because she supported Mr. Paul.

“She’s the type of person who wants to be recognized,” Mr. Costine said.

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