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Anti-Thompson Site Connects to Romney Camp


The look of phoneyfred.org.

A top adviser to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney appears to be behind today's launch of a new Web site attacking GOP presidential rival Fred Thompson.

The site, www.phoneyfred.org, paints an unflattering picture of Thompson, dubbing him: Fancy Fred, Five O'clock Fred, Flip-Flop Fred, McCain Fred, Moron Fred, Playboy Fred, Pro-Choice Fred, Son-of-a-Fred and Trial Lawyer Fred. [View an image of the Web site]

Shortly after a Washington Post reporter made inquiries about the site to the Romney campaign, the site was taken down.

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Fred Thompson in period dress -- from the Phoney Fred Web site. (PhoneyFred.org)

Before it vanished, the front page of the website featured a picture of a regal Thompson dressed in a frilly outfit more befitting a Gilbert and Sullivan production than a presidential campaign. Under the heading, "Playboy Fred," the site asks the question: "Once a Pro-Choice Skirt Chaser, Now Standard Bearer of the Religious Right?"

Nowhere on the site does it indicate who is responsible for it. But a series of inquiries leads directly to the website of Under the Power Lines, the political consulting firm of Warren Tompkins, Romney's lead consultant in South Carolina.

The website is hosted by a company called bluehost.com, a firm based in Orem, Utah. An inquiry of that website about phoneyfred.org returns the following statement: "Domain phoneyfred.org is still attached to your politicalnetroots.com account as Addon," the site states. "For security reasons, you must remove it BEFORE you can continue. After detaching phoneyfred.org from politicalnetroots.com, you should experience some brief downtime on phoneyfred.org while its DNS propagates to your new account."

The site www.politicalnetroots.com brings up the homepage for "Under the Power Lines," which lists Tompkins as "Partner, Consultant," along with Terry Sullivan and Welsley Donehue.

South Carolina politics is known to be rough-and-tumble. In 2000, it was in South Carolina that then-candidate John McCain ran into an organized effort to tar his character, including anonymous allegations that he had fathered a black child.

At the time, then-candidate George Bush was desperate to stop a surging McCain, who had just won a stunning upset in the New Hampshire primary. Tompkins was the chief strategist for Bush in South Carolina at the time, though Bush campaign officials have always denied that the campaign was responsible for the attacks.

A spokesman for Romney's campaign said he would look into questions about the anti-Thompson site. "Our campaign is focused on the issues and ideas that are of paramount concern to voters," said spokesman Kevin Madden. "The website we are focused on is MittRomney.com."

Tompkins did not return calls or emails for comment.

--Michael D. Shear and Rob Pegoraro

By Washington Post editors  |  September 10, 2007; 6:14 PM ET
 
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Mitt Romney realized long ago that he could never win the Presidenc by plaing the game fairl and like n adult.

Just like John Kerry, he go the idea he could BUY the Presidency. He financed the phony-balony "EVANGELICALS FOR MITT" to try to fool people into thinking he actually had support from evangelicals.

He has had trouble raising money, running out of supporters, almost all of whom come from his church and has had to infuse his campaign weekly with millions from his personal billions.

He's a spoiled little rich kid who inherited everything he has, and he thinks the Presidency and the American people are for sale.

When he ran against TK he was FOR a womans right to choose, now that he wants the Republican nomination he claims to be pro-life.

When he was Governor of Massachusetts he sponsored the most restrictive gun ownership ban in the United States, NOW that he wants the Republicn nomination, just like John Kerry, he wants one of them there huntin licsences, he also joined the NRA AFTER he began his campaign for President.

MITT is so P H O N Y he dosen't know WHAT he beleives.

Its obvious to the rest of us he beleives in NOTHING and he will SA ANYTHING that he thinks will help him buy the election.

Posted by: jjterry70057 | September 16, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Republican politics and political skulduggery in South Carolina are about as mean-spirited, vicious, and ugly as it gets in this country. It reminds one of the Jamaican expression, "politricks." The spirit of Lee Atwater lives on, though we're long overdue for an exorcism.

Posted by: tmctighe2 | September 12, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Find out the truth about Romney and the anti-Fred website:
http://redyankee.blogspot.com/2007/09/trap-of-gotcha-journalism.html

Posted by: chrisbaird.ma | September 12, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Demcracy-->Oligarchy-->tyrants

If "Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Powell are oligarchs" then it follows that Hillary and Obamah are the obvious tyrants. Everyone seems to agree that they will will the 2008 election.

Posted by: pbailey | September 11, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Although the web site probably was just fun and games, the banality of it all underscores a more serious concern about our country's continuing transition to oligarcy. Representative democracy in the United States is in decline thanks to the corruption of big money in politics, the eclipse of news by entertainment in the media, and the shortening of the presidential primary seasons. Aristotle warns us in The Politics: democracy devolves to oligarchy, which falls into tyranny. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Powell are oligarchs who would be tyrants for taking our nation to war under false pretenses.

Posted by: swtwdc | September 11, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Although the web site probably was just fun and games, the banality of it all underscores a more serious concern about our country's continuing transition to oligarcy. Representative democracy in the United States is in decline thanks to the corruption of big money in politics, the eclipse of news by entertainment in the media, and the shortening of the presidential primary seasons. Aristotle warns us in The Politics: democracy devolves to oligarchy, which falls into tyranny. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Powell are oligarchs who would be tyrants for taking our nation to war under false pretenses.

Posted by: swtwdc | September 11, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Although the web site probably was just fun and games, the banality of it all underscores a more serious concern about our country's continuing transition to oligarcy. Representative democracy in the United States is in decline thanks to the corruption of big money in politics, the eclipse of news by entertainment in the media, and the shortening of the presidential primary seasons. Aristotle warns us in The Politics: democracy devolves to oligarchy, which falls into tyranny. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Powell are oligarchs who would be tyrants for taking our nation to war under false pretenses.

Posted by: swtwdc | September 11, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Flip-Flop Fred, Moron Fred

I think its a bit funny the choice of words. Why would Mit (or someone in his campagin) even try the Flip Flop line. Not to say Fred isnt but Romney is equally guilty of that charge and it is easily proved by looking at his voting recorded. Also the choice of the word "Moron" Fred stikes very close to Morman

Posted by: sdonna | September 11, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It must have been a Republican site: they couldn't even spell "phony."

Posted by: NoOneYouKnow | September 11, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I am wary of Thompson, but I suspect Nixon called him dumb because, to Nixon, anyone who wasn't a lying, two-faced manipulator was dumb.

Posted by: gregvann | September 11, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

That's some great sleuthing, guys. But now you should focus on the "abrad2345" ads that have been appearing on YouTube for the last couple of months. They purport to be from Giuliani, but at various times have smeared McCain, Thompson and Romney. They also don't always paint Rudy in the best light, leading some to wonder whether they were done by one of the other campaigns. ABC News and the N.Y.Times tried to figure out who was doing them. At one point, the swiftboat consulting company (SRCP) was linked, but they denied it.

One of the ads last week just about outed Fred as gay by linking him to the Larry Craig scandal. I'd say that goes a step further than anything in this Phony Fred site. Here's the link to the YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/abrad2345


Posted by: jfrankel21 | September 11, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

America is shocked, shocked, that Romney's camp would call Thompson a phony. That's because being a phony is the only sure-fire route to the nomination. In the current Republican lexicon, calling someone a phony is giving them accolades.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 11, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

America is shocked, shocked, that Romney's camp would call Thompson a phony. That's because being a phony is the only sure-fire route to the nomination. In the current Republican lexicon, calling someone a phony is giving them accolades.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 11, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Bloggers have a responsibility to get the facts correct rather than rush a hurried smear of good people. The facts should take precedent to tabloid journalism and sensational clicks.

Here are the facts. 1) All of the candidates for president have over-zealous supporters. Look at this comment section. 2) Giuliani, McCain and Romney have been the target of Thompson supports all summer. 3) Wesley Donehue is not on the campaign's payroll. 4) He did create an unauthorized site detailing Thompson's factual career in Washington. 5) Reporters asked the presidential candidates who created the site. 6) Kevin Madden traced the site back to the author and he made a request for immediate ACTION to clarify their non-associated with the campaign. 7) "We made it clear that we did not approve of the site and asked for immediate action to make sure it was again in no way affiliated with the campaign," Madden said. "The person responsible is not an employee of ours, but we took immediate action to make sure it was clear the site was not affiliated with the campaign." 8) The author took the site down to either furnish clarification or remove it entirely. 9) This Post blog got way ahead of the story to smear good people. 10) Thompson's camp got way ahead of the story to smear good people. Now will the story get reported properly? Will Todd Harris of the Thompson campaign call for their supporters in political entertainment, blogs, and comment sections to resign from Thompson's campaign?! What they are not authorized to smear the other candidates? There are blogs for Fred with pure smears and misinformation about Giuliani. There are voters convinced that McCain is weak on National Security because they heard it on the radio. Will Giuliani, McCain and Romney get apologizes? That Fred site had factual information. While Fred was documented bar-hopping, Giuliani, McCain and Romney were leading. --snip-- "I see it as a national security issue," she said. And Mosteller predicted that other McCain backers who oppose his stand on immigration also will turn away from McCain to support Thompson. --snip-- http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/22/mccain.sc/

Posted by: mikeVA1 | September 11, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Those awful deficit loving borrow & spend cheap labor Republicans have no shame! They will do any kind of low down dirty nasty filthy trick that there is!!

Posted by: topperrawlings | September 11, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The Romneyites have been doing dirty work here in Tennessee trying for months to dig up dirt on Fred Thompson. The reason for Romney's presidental bid is offically gone with the entrance of Senator into the race. Poll already show he has topped out and begun to decline.

Romney's biggest problem is his former possitions as governor (pro choice and anti 2nd Amendment). Then there was the phony claim to be a hunter all his life...he went twice.

The most greivious of Mr. Romney's offences in my oppinon came when he "saved" the Olympics. The Boy Scouts have been formally involved in the Olympics dating back to very early years of the modern Olympics and of the Boy Scouts, they were banned from the Olympics because he was pandering to the Gays so that he could be reelected Governor. This was even as he sat on the Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

He will never get the vote of this loyal scouter.

I like the site http://www.AnotherRonaldReagan.com about Fred Thompson.

Posted by: pbailey | September 11, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Upon hearing this , why you could knock me over this a straw.

Posted by: savage22 | September 11, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I smell idiots in the air! They'll be gone before the end of the day. I think they forgot what they learned in political school, "Don't do anything that would embarrass you if published in print!"

Posted by: politics4me | September 11, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

None of the above is looking better and better...
The scums of the earth are the only ones running for office, nowdays... They're the only ones both parties can come up with that will allow the parties to continue our slide from democracy...

Posted by: johnnydoughey | September 11, 2007 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Did Romney not pull the web site? He seems to have some integrety, unlike some of the other candidates, and keeps close supervision of his campaign donors.

I'd like to read some further comments on Romney's character, ability, etc., that don't qualify him to run against Senator Clinton. Or would Senator Clinton be more likely to win if she were to run against Romney?

Posted by: gram.malinda | September 11, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I tend to agree with Kevin Madden,whoever he is. It is not likely that people who are as successful in business and government as Mitt Rommey lower their standards to ad hominems and silliness. Their operations are vast and they don't always know what their operatives are up to. The only exception to this would be Hillary, the control freak, whose finger prints are all over everything. As for Freddie Baby, I think that is one darn cute picture.

Posted by: hwfarber | September 11, 2007 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of who's responsible, at least someone's addressing the issue at hand, which is, what the heck is Thompson doing running? He's lazy, he's not eloquent, he's done nothing to distinguish himself beyond being dubbed "dumb as hell" by Nixon. Why is this man running?

P.S. I'm sick of hearing about Thompson being like Reagan. They're worlds apart.

Posted by: arf7 | September 11, 2007 1:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised no one noticed that "Phoney Fred" appears from the screenshots to be modeled more or less exactly on the notorious "Fancy Ford" of 2006... at least it's not overtly racist this time, but this is still the lowest form of campaigning.

Posted by: davidl | September 11, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm starting to see a pattern here! Let's see we have Rudy in drag, Fred dressed in well velvet, Romney with his little white LDS undies and T shirts, Bush likes to wear his "flight suit", Cheney loves his hunting outfit! Rove, looked like a tellatubie dancing. I've got it, the Republicans are really the VILLAGE PEOPLE, I always wondered what happened to them!

Posted by: sfilutze | September 10, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

What is more pathethic than this infantile website attacking Fred Thompson (and I am no supporter of his!) is that people still fall for this sort of thing. But perhaps it is aimed at the South Carolina voter...

Posted by: robertplattbell | September 10, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Something on teh Internets tubes that is not what it seems to be? Who ever heard of such a thing?!?

Posted by: Bukkonen | September 10, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Freddy come lately doesn't have a chance. Romney is none too smart to have his name attached to unnecessary press. Romney will be gone, too.

Posted by: blm1804 | September 10, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

romeny the dog abuser,and fred the phoney... a team made in hell.


Posted by: newagent99 | September 10, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that Donny & Marie will approve of this behavior?!?!

Posted by: cel1ery | September 10, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Romney has always been a double dealing swine..and a coward. While dad beats his chest about "the troops" and "staying the course", his brats are too busy making money and their skin too precious too actually serve their country. I think of Romney as the Senator Craig from Massachuset. Thompson is the closest thing we have to Ronald Reagan right now. This country is in *trouble* and even allowing some self serving swine like Romney on the same platform is a bit too much for me to stomach.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 10, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Romney knows he's a goner now that there's a guy in the race who can *really* pretend he's from Mayberry.

Posted by: not_that | September 10, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The anointed of the secret government suddenly up to dirty tricks? I am shocked, I tell you!

Posted by: lwps | September 10, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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