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Old 10-17-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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First they state that they weren't involved....

Stewart says there was no effort by him or anyone else in McConnell’s office to slime the 12-year-old (http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/101607whasmjdTopMcConnell.177d6f3a0.html - broken link)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's spokesman acknowledged yesterday that he alerted reporters last week to questions bloggers raised about the financial circumstances of a 12-year-old boy

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A week ago yesterday, Stewart said, he sent an e-mail to reporters covering the insurance issue, alerting them that "bloggers have done a little digging and turned up that the Dad owns his own business (and the building it's in), seems to have some commercial rental income and Graeme and a sister go to a private school that, according to its Web site, costs about $20k a year -- for each kid -- despite the news profiles reporting a family income of only $45k for the Frosts."

"Could the Dems really have done that bad of a job vetting this family?" Stewart asked in the e-mail.


Q: Was there an indication that your office was trying to push reporters to dig into this 12-year old’s background?
McCONNELL: No

Q: Then what was the deal with the e-mail from your staffer?
McCONNELL:There was no involvement whatsoever.

Q: From your staff.
McCONNELL: None.






Listen to Mitch lie
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:26 PM
 
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It was despicable to make a young person the object of his political agenda, and probably equally wrong for someone to use this young person in their ads.

We are a mercenary group!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:08 AM
 
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From Louisville....

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McConnell versus truth


Mitch McConnell can't have it both ways.

He can't luxuriate in a reputation for personal caution and political control, yet claim he knew nothing about the role his office tried to play in sliming a Baltimore boy and his family when they came forward in support of the SCHIP health care expansion.



By now you know the story: Twelve-year-old Graeme Frost and his sister, Gemma, suffered severe brain injuries in a 2004 car crash and got help from the SCHIP program -- all within the rules, as it turned out, much to the chagrin of would-be right-wing spoilers.

Graeme spoke out when President Bush vetoed the SCHIP expansion bill, which the Republican minority in the House is expect to kill today.

A McConnell aide, Don Stewart, admits he sicced reporters on the Frosts when "trusted" bloggers began to question their authenticity as an income-qualified CHIP program participant. But he says he quickly called off the dogs when he decided there wasn't a story there after all, because the family's situation was legitimate. Mr. Stewart told The Courier-Journal he explained all that to his boss on Thursday.

So Sen. McConnell was deliberately untruthful the next day, when he told WHAS-TV's Mark Hebert, "There was no involvement whatsoever." The senator will object to any suggestion of lying, but what else is it when you knowingly misrepresent facts?

It's clear what Mitch McConnell knew and when he knew it. It's clear he deceived the public when he answered Mr. Hebert as he did about the e-mail sent by his press agent.

Mr. McConnell is so used to Washington-style gamesmanship and inside-the-beltway rules that he has forgotten what constituents back in Kentucky want: the simple truth.

They want that every bit as much as they want the bags of tax money he sends home.
-Courier-Journal
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