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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.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 18, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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When are you going to provide the ability to post live links? You said that you were looking into it; what did you find out?

Surely Mary, who worked on the previous plum line tech support, should be able to add a live links feature to this site, in short order, since they were working on the old blog.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Five US Soldiers killed today, in Afghanistan suicide bomb attack on a convoy.

On top of that, we have this report from McClatchy news:

" KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan military investigators have accused Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai's controversial half-brother, of intervening to protect powerful allies who are squatting illegally on government property in southern Afghanistan.

In response, Ahmed Wali Karzai shut down the Kandahar legislature this week by refusing to lead the provincial council until he can clear his name.

"The shura is not going to do anything until this thing is cleared up," he told McClatchy in a telephone interview Monday, referring to the 14-member council. "If they can find one thing in this report that is true, I am ready to accept any kind of punishment."

The eight-page Defense Ministry report comes as American strategists are counting on the Kandahar kingpin to be a key ally in the evolving U.S.-led effort to drive the Taliban out of their spiritual capital and bolster a pro-Western government there.

However, the latest dispute pits Ahmed Wali Karzai, a member of Afghanistan's dominant Pashtun ethnic group, against the local Afghan army corps commander, who's considered an ally of a rival Pashtun leader, and against the defense ministry in Kabul, which is largely controlled by Tajiks from the northeast of the country."

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Liam, let me check on that. I've asked for help on this. Will keep you posted.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Your cheating heart will tell on you." Hank Williams

I can just hear Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) declaring:

Abstinence Makes The Fond Grow Harder.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

:re Souder

Someone is going to have to update this chart.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

OT but, I had linked this vid yesterday but will repost if anyone missed it.

It's a pretty funny slam on Freedomworks from the Geico guy.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Slave Sargent:
"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"

Irrelevant red-herring smoke screen.

The STORY is Blumenthal's false claims to Vietnam service. NOT whether or how much McMahon's camp had in ouiting him as a liar.

The ISSUE is his dishonesty in claiming to be what he is not.

Seems to me that you're the one throwing Blumenthal a life-ring, mememaster.

Posted by: Bilgeman | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

We in Connecticut - particularly Vietnam Vets like myself - have known and remember this for years now! This is not totally new news! What is new is that Blumenthal got caught again claiming Vietnam In Country Service recently.

He is one sick pig!! and should resign his honorable position as attorney general in CT and stop this run for Senate!!

Posted by: jcmale14 | May 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

So CT has two choices and they both appear to not be acquainted with the truth.

Blumenthal absolutely is not acquainted with the truth and shame on him - his lie should not be forgiven or forgotten. The McMahon campaign conspired with the NYTimes or they didn't - either way they are not truthful - conspired with NYTimes or lied on website the first or second time?

What terrible choices is it any wonder some people hate politicians.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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