Who is Jennifer? Another Case of Inter-Campaign Trickery
Bob McDonnell's campaign received a call this morning from a woman who called herself "Jennifer" and claimed to be a freelance reporter from the Connection newspapers in Northern Virginia. She asked for information about McDonnell's schedule.
The problem? She isn't a reporter. She actually works for Creigh Deeds's campaign.
McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin, who took her call, said the caller ID showed Deeds's campaign headquarters phone number and the words "Deeds for Va."
Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey questioned his staffers after hearing about the call from a reporter. He later said he found out the caller was one of his staffers -- though he did not release the woman's name.
"An overzealous campaign worker was trying to figure out where Bob McDonnell was today,'' Abbey said. "We have made it clear to all staff and volunteers that this behavior is not acceptable and should not happen again."
Political observers will recall this happened before in Virginia.
Last year, Senate candidate Jim Gilmore suspended his communications director for two weeks without pay because she sent an email to rival Mark Warner's campaign under a false name and asked to be put on his email list.
In 2001, a top campaign official for Warner, then a gubernatorial candidate, was reprimanded for posing as a constituent and making confrontational remarks about rival Mark Earley during a radio call-in show.
"Nothing surprises us anymore from Team Deeds,'' Martin said. " 'Me too' on policy. 'Me too' on attacks. Now they are 'me too' on past political capers."
August 31, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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