The Politico is reporting that Richard Blumenthal is coordinating with Planned Parenthood on what can only be called the sleaziest October surprise in Connecticut political campaign history. Dig up photos on women in the WWE … the sleezier the better … and put em in an add to hammer Linda? Nice.
Ben Smith got a hold of the Blumy camp e-mail that details the coordination and printed this story about an hour ago.
A source this morning forwards on an e-mail this morning from inside Attorney General Dick Blumenthal’s campaign for Senate, in which his aides discuss tarring Linda McMahon in cooperation with Planned Parenthood.
The e-mail’s subject line is: “Worst of WWE + women photos.”
“Hey all — Grossman is looking for mysoginistic photos of women and WWE. Planned Parenthood wants to hit LM hard on it,” press staffer Marcy Stech e-mailed seven other aides to the campaign and the State Democratic Party. “What do we got?”
“Grossman” is the Democratic consultant Andrew Grossman, and the e-mail seems to raise the question of whether the campaign is coordinating with Planned Parenthood, an outside group.
Blumenthal spokesman Ty Matsdorf said there’s no coordination and that the request was simply for an image that would be circulated on Twitter or in a press release, but not in a paid ad campaign of any sort.
That’s what is called a “lame” excuse”. The sleaze factor of ” … looking for misogynistic photos of women and WWE. Planned Parenthood wants to hit LM hard on it” is clearly disgusting enough, but it’s also an indication of the lack of any substance to the Bluemthal campaign. Even his supporters as detailed in last night’s Frank Luntz focus group, understand he’s clueless on things that matter … jobs.
Connecticut’s unemployment rate is 9.1% and holding, even as the state looses more jobs, and the best he’s got is a request for photos of the women of the WWE?
Connecticut’s private sector shed 6,500 jobs in September, reversing hopeful gains from previous months and showing further signs of instability in the state’s economy.
Overall, Connecticut lost 5,900 jobs in September.
As for the Planned Parenthood hook up … illegal? Not unless the coordination results in a mass media blitz, on air or via the “net” … but I’m told that a complaint with the FEC will be filed shortly.
For me it’s all so bizarre.
As for just me as a pro life representative, I find it incredibly rich that Planned Parenthood is looking for sleazy photos of women wrestlers posing, while at their clinics they continue to abort babies in real life. But that’s just me.
Editors Note: The Blumenthal pic, sometimes up and sometimes down, generally refers to the polls, or normal campaign stuff. Thus, it’s been up a lot lately. This post however deserves the Blumenthal upside down, don’t you think?
UPDATE: Sorry I forgot to add the link to Hartford Business. It’s there now.