Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blumenthal Exaggerates Vietnam Record: Linda McMahon Takes Credit for 'Oppo Research'

God, I love this story!

"Blumenthal Exaggerates Vietnam Record," from
Linda McMahon for Senate (double-click to watch):

And at Politico, "GOP takes credit for New York Times hit" (via Memeorandum):

Pulling back the curtain on journalistic sausage-making usually hidden from voters, a Republican Senate candidate is taking credit for the front-page New York Times story accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of “plainly untrue” remarks about Vietnam service.

But a New York Times spokeswoman said: "[A]nyone reading it can tell that it was the product of extensive independent reporting — including our FOIA of his military records."

The campaign of World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Blumenthal, is doing little to discourage suggestions it provided the sort of opposition research to The Times that is known around campaigns as an “oppo dump.”

Shawn McCoy, a McMahon spokesman, told POLITICO: “As we have researched Dick Blumenthal's record, we've discovered some very troubling disparities between what he's said and the facts. This is a serious blow to his credibility.”

Making the claim more explicitly, McMahon's campaign website has re-posted, as an "In Case You Missed It," a blog entry by Kevin Rennie of South Windsor, a lawyer and a former Republican state senator and representative:

“McMahon Strikes Blumenthal In NYT Article ... The piece, fed to the paper by the Linda McMahon Senate campaign, is accompanied by a chilling 2008 video of Blumenthal blithely making the false claim. ... The Blumenthal Bombshell comes at the end of more than 2 months of deep, persistent research by Republican Linda McMahon's Senate campaign. It gave the explosive Norwalk video recording to The Times. This is what comes of $16 million, a crack opposition research operation.”
It's true. "Candidate’s Words Differ From His History" is posted right there at McMahon's home page. In fact, it's the first thing I saw while checking out the story.

And man, is this scandal
burning up the web. Love it!

Also, at Hot Air, "
Bombshell: Democratic Senate candidate lied about serving in Vietnam; Update: Blumenthal responds, sort of."


Rusty Walker said...

This was a lie, pure and simple – it should be called that. He benefited from the image he portrayed. He is the lowest of cowards to lie about service in Viet Nam! I am a Viet Nam era vet and have the greatest respect for those who died or served in country.
It should be a criminal offense to lie about military service on a sliding scale depending on level of deception. It is adding insult to injury for vets.