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The Pelosi-Dean Democrats: Retreat, Defeat, Anti-Semitism, and Dirty Tricks

Thursday, September 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The American Thinker charts the nutty left’s embrace of anti-semitism and its spread into Democratic campaigns (uncondemned, by the way, by Howard Dean.)

And to the dirty tricks list –the RNC should really keep score for us– of the Angelides, Lamont, Cardin, and Webb campaigns we now must add those of the Klobuchar campaign.  Whether the failed county attorney Klobuchar has blundered into Menedez territory of federal investigation for criminal wrongdoing, we’ll have to wait and see.

Here’s the latest from AP:

Top Klobuchar aide fired for viewing leaked Kennedy ad


Associated Press

ST. PAULDemocrat Amy Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign has fired its chief spokeswoman, revealing Wednesday that she viewed an unreleased TV ad for Republican candidate Mark Kennedy that may have been illegally obtained.

In a prepared statement, Klobuchar campaign manager Ben Goldfarb said that communications director Tara McGuinness was contacted last Saturday by a local blogger who sent her a link to the ad. Goldfarb said the campaign had turned the matter over to the Minneapolis office of the FBI.

“The blogger indicated to Ms. McGuinness that he had gained access to the advertisement by use of passwords,” Goldfarb said in the statement. “Exercising poor judgment, Ms. McGuinness opened the link, watched the advertisement and asked others on our campaign to watch it.”

At a hastily called press conference late Wednesday, Noah Kunin, who maintains the liberal blog, revealed that he uncovered the ad. He said he was at the Web site of Kennedy media consultant Scott Howell, looking for previously aired examples of his work.

Kunin said he typed the word “Allen” into a field at the site, seeking the ads of Howell client U.S. Sen. George Allen, which led to several more links that ultimately brought up the Kennedy ad.

“At no point in the process did I circumvent security measures,” said Kunin, 24. “The Web site containing this ad can be accessed by anyone with Internet access. It was in no way secured.”

On the advice of his attorney, Kunin wouldn’t discuss his contact with McGuinness. But he said he was not working on behalf of Klobuchar. “I want to apologize to the Klobuchar campaign for placing them under scrutiny,” he said.

FBI spokesman Paul McCabe confirmed his office had been contacted by the Klobuchar campaign. “We are currently reviewing the facts of this matter to determine if there was any violation of federal law,” McCabe said.

Kennedy’s campaign manager, Pat Shortridge, held a news conference late Wednesday to demand the Klobuchar campaign answer a list of questions about the incident. Chief among them, Shortridge said: Why was McGuinness’s firing announced Wednesday if she viewed the ad Saturday?

“Why did it take them so long to notify us?” Shortridge said. That in turn raises other questions, he said, such as whether other Klobuchar staffers or supporters saw the ad; or if McGuinness used information in the ad in a way that benefited the Klobuchar campaign.

Goldfarb said he first found out about the ad on Saturday night but not the full scope of the problem until Monday, when he dismissed McGuinness. He said the campaign didn’t announce her dismissal until Wednesday because it took that long to finish making the report to the FBI.

Goldfarb said the Klobuchar campaign wouldn’t answer any more questions about the matter while the FBI was investigating it. Goldfarb did say in his prepared statement that neither he nor Klobuchar watched the ad, and that “no campaign strategy or decisions will be changed because of it.”

In her own prepared statement, Klobuchar apologized to Kennedy and his campaign.

“What happened here was wrong,” said Klobuchar, the chief prosecutor for Hennepin County. “By reporting the blogger’s activities and this incident to law enforcement, we are doing the right thing.”

McGuinness did not return a phone call seeking comment

Here’s the Kennedy campaign’s response:

Kennedy Campaign Looks for Answers

(St. Paul, Minnesota)

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