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Leaky Tweets Sink...

Rosalind Helderman

Are there no secrets anymore?

One of the mysteries of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign thus far has been when Republican Bob McDonnell will take to the television airwaves, particularly now that a Democratic political action committee has bought $550,000 in commercial time to slam him statewide.

We may now have a piece of the answer--thanks to a 23-year old film production assistant in Boston.Yesterday, one Jonathan Paula twittered the following to his roughly 1,000 followers:
I work 45 hours a week as an assistant editor in Boston editing political campaign commercials. Right now: Bob McDonnell for VA Gov


Three hours after Paula tweeted, the item had found its way to Ben Tribbett, who runs the Not Larry Sabato blog, who posted an item suggesting McDonnell will soon be on air. And now we're off to the races, as the campaigns pop the item back and forth and speculate how soon the ads Paula was editing will go on air.

According to his resume online, Paula is an assistant editor at Dirt Road Productions, which has been paid more than $55,000 by the McDonnell campaign so far. Paula, per his twitter account, is also the producer of the popular You Tube series "Is it a good idea to microwave this?" One recent installment: "Is it a good idea to microwave My Little Pony?" The most recent episode involves the microwaving of an item not to be mentioned in a blog hosted by a family newspaper.

"I would have to talk to my boss before I mentioning anything, but I think that's pretty hilarious," Paula said when reached at Dirt Road's Boston offices and told his tweet was burning up the Virginia campaign trail. Then, Paula continued: "Actually can you hold on? My boss is calling me right now."

After several moments of hold music, Matt Murphy came to the phone to say that Dirt Road does not comment on clients. Likewise, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin had no comment on the leak.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 6, 2009; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

Have you reached Jeff Frederick for comment on this post?

Posted by: fakevirginia | May 7, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

The Post (even on its blogs) can't print the word "dildo"?

Posted by: bugaboo1 | May 7, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

We'll have to see the ads to find out if Dirt Road Productions is aptly named. But it's interesting to learn that McDonnell's ads are being produced in Boston, indicating something about his commitment to Virginia jobs.

Creigh Deeds' recent TV ads were created in Richmond.

Posted by: yellowhound | May 7, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone think that maybe the McDonnell campaign is happy to have the info out?

You're going to go up in a wide open statewide race sometime between May 1st and August 1st.

It's no secret that campaigns cut ads before they run.

Next...

Posted by: stansso | May 8, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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