Hmmm: Huck’s former research director hints at Romney scandal set to break soon; Update: Research director responds; Update: Push polling?

posted at 11:59 am on January 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

Riehl makes the same connection I did — to those mysterious rumors of a major candidate being “Swift-Boated” at a presser on Monday, the day before New Hampshire. Rick Moran seized on that phrase yesterday and concluded the target must be the veteran, i.e. McCain. Maybe not.

The e-mails about the presser came for a spokesman from an outfit calling itself … “Revelation Press.” Here’s the money part, in case anyone wants to do any sleuthing:

One candidate is about to be challenged – with hard and cold facts, presented cogently by an author, former TV business news editor, decorated military hero and college political science instructor who shares this candidate’s party affiliation – and who has known the candidate personally since their college days.

C’mon — are there really any skeletons in Mitt Romney’s closet? What, did he once have a sip of beer or something? If it really was that major, the campaign would have divulged it themselves long ago and spun it away before the primaries. Also, why wait until the day before New Hampshire to drop it? Why not do it yesterday and take him out before Iowa?

Here’s the new ad, by the way. The people seem … so natural.

Update: Hold the phone. PoliGazette spoke to Joe Carter, the former research director, and was told that the Romney scandal he has in mind is unrelated to the Monday press conference. Which means two scandals, potentially. And Huck’s team knows about both.

Update: Patrick Ishmael notes that Denny Weddle and Associates, the sponsor of Monday’s Revelation Press presser, has worked with military types before. Maybe Moran was right about it being McCain?

Update: Joe Carter e-mails this along:

Let me add a few points of clarification:

1. I don’t know anything about Monday press conference other than the PR email I got on it. I have no idea whether it is about Romney or some other candidate.

2. None of what I know was acquired through my connections to the campaign. The stuff I found out (whether its true or not) came through my sources as a blogger.

3. I don’t know if the Huckabee campaign knows about this stuff or not (though, I doubt they do).

Update: John Hawkins is hearing from a source that the Monday scandal may have to do with those anti-Mormon push polls.

Update (Bryan): Maybe I’m alone on this, but to drop this hint of a scandal on the day before the Iowa caucuses as Carter has, strikes me as nasty. We know he’s a Huckabee supporter, and we know he despises Romney, but because he hasn’t shown his cards on this “scandal” we have no way of knowing whether he really has something or is just blowing smoke.

I don’t like it.

Update (Bryan): Joe emailed to say that he agrees with my update above, and will apologize for passing along a rumor without providing any details. I’ll link to his apology once it’s up. I take him at his word, which has always been good in the past.

Update: Here’s Joe’s apology.

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Maybe– it’s about the “anti-mormon” calls? Has anybody noticed that all the “dirty tricks” seem to have been directed at Mitt? What if it turns out that the Romney campaign did’em??

Just askin’.

Ex-tex on January 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM

WHOA it looks like Mitt has a connection to the company that the NHAG says hired the calls.
From Jim Geraghty NRO

Political Committees
Bush/Quayle 1992
Bush/Cheney 2000
Bush/Cheney 2004
Dole/Kemp 1996
National Association of Attorneys General
National Republican Congressional Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Progress for America
Republican Governors Association

Mitt Romney was the Chairman of this Association in 2006.

Ex-tex on January 3, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Ex-tex on January 3, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Interesting, but I think the more likely culprit is Patrick Davis, former NRSC head. He’s in charge of the pro-Huckabee group (Common Sense Issues, Inc.) already doing push-polling in NH and Iowa.

Slublog on January 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Slublog on January 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I linked to this story about Common Sense Issues earlier, but I think I’ll link it again for Ex-Tex.

Buy Danish on January 3, 2008 at 5:26 PM


I will be holding a press conference on the hour to announce that I have pictures of Mike Huckabee having a “tet-a-tet” with Larry Craig.

On second thought, forget what I just said as my soul would not let me do something like that. So never mind.

MB4 on January 3, 2008 at 6:24 PM

How long does it take to apologize?

davenp35 on January 3, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Rollins just predicted a Huck win. 4-5 points. I think he’s underestimating.

csdeven on January 3, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Huck by 9, pulling in a third of the total. Impressive.

No “Deaniac” moments tonight, though Ed Rollins was about as gracious a winner as I’ve seen this side of Michael Vick’s rottweiler. How many members of Team Huckabee have made public violence-fantasy comments about Romney, including the twenty-gauge candidate himself? I hope Mitt gets his secret service protection, and soon…

sulla on January 4, 2008 at 3:29 AM

Convenient that the apology comes only after the damage is done in Iowa.

WasatchMan on January 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM