McMahon camp scrubs reference to Blumenthal oppo hit
The fast-evolving Richard Blumenthal story out of Connecticut is getting weirder by the second. Here's the latest:
The campaign of potential GOP challenger Linda McMahon, which made big news this morning by taking credit on its Web site for unearthing proof Blumenthal lied about his war record, has now quietly scrubbed the reference to this from its site.
In case you missed it, today's New York Times reported that Blumenthal, the Connecticut Attorney General who's the heavy favorite in the Senate race, did not serve in Vietnam despite repeatedly claiming that he had. After the Times piece hit, the McMahon campaign loudly trumpeted its own role in digging up the revelation.
"McMahon Strikes Blumenthal In NYT Article," the McMahon camp proclaimed on its site. "The Blumenthal Bombshell comes at the end of more than 2 months of deep, persistent research by Republican Linda McMahon's Senate campaign."
The McMahon's campaign bid for credit for this got wide play this morning, leading Mike Allen's Playbook. Many observers noted that the McMahon team had thrown Blumenthal a piece of driftwood by allowing him to claim that the revelations were a political hit.
Now the McMahon campaign has quietly removed the post that took credit for the story from its Web site.
I don't know how much this will help Blumenthal, who's still got a ton of 'splainin' to do. But it amounts to pretty clear evidence that the McMahon campaign knows they screwed up for taking credit for this, rather than letting the story run its own course. More soon.
UPDATE, 11:46 a.m.: Here's a screen shot of the removed McMahon campaign post taking credit for the hit:
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: The McMahon campaign has acknowledged taking down the post. McMahon spokesman Shawn McCoy emails:
We took it down. The substance of the New York Times report is what's important. The New York Times and Ray Hernandez researched, wrote and broke this report, and the questions it raises about Dick Blumenthal raise serious questions that only he can answer.
Also odd: The Post's Ben Pershing reports that as late as last night, the McMahon campaign wouldn't say whether they were behind the Times story.
May 18, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans
Save & Share: Previous: Redford to Obama: Show leadership on energy
Next: National Dems standing by Blumenthal
Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Bilgeman | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jcmale14 | May 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rlj1 | May 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.