Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.When this story was first reported, several Republican bloggers jumped on it as evidence that there is liberal violence to match the observed right wing violence that has received so much coverage this year. One blogger even claimed that the attack provided a causus belli for a violent race war or political war between Republicans and Democrats.
Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car.
Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test.
Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.
Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and "the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction."
This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story.
The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be.
According to police, investigators working on the interview process detected several inconsistencies in Todd's story that differed from statements made in the original police report.
This story is uniquely illuminating when it comes to the current Republican Party, providing a nexus between lies, smears, racism and a simmering desire to resort to violence when all else fails. Ashley Todd is now the poster girl for the Republican Party.
This story shows just how far the Republican Party is willing to go to steal this election. Republicans are willing to spark racial violence, even a racial war, to hang onto the power they have mis-used for the last eight years. It is time for Americans to send a message at the ballot box: we reject the lies, smears, racism and violence of the Republican Party. If the Republican Party cannot reform itself, it should be consigned to the wastebasket of History.