Friday, October 24, 2008

Disaster for McCain! Ashley Todd admits she lied about attack!

This is a disaster for John McCain and the Republican Party.
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.

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.
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.

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.


MB said...

Despite the fact that it had a giant "Bullshit!" stamp all over it when it first came out, I didn't write about this story because 1) maaaaybe it was true, and we'd find out soon enough, and 2) even if it was bullshit, it was just some dumb kid who obviously has a bit of growing up to do.

But the wholesale adoption of her BS as a cause by the rightwing media machine (including blogs) *is* something worth writing about, as you've done. They'll grab *anything*, truth be damned, that supports their fearful and ignorant little worldview.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

This is the act of a sick and stupid girl NOT a the blame where the blame is due on Ashley Todd. For instance Tawana Brawley duped Rev. Al (IMHO) Al didn't put her up to it....geez political discourse in this country just keeps getting worse. To make statements that cover all blogs (or people for that matter) with such broad strokes I think proves your own point about "jumping on" something without knowing the picture....why would you not believe someone originally that stated they were attacked? I don't personally know anyone that would lie about being attacked...this girl is obviously a mental case plain and simple (per party affiliation has little to with it) Watch there will be a "copy cat" version on the other side inside three days....

The Richmond Democrat said...

Sorry Jody, it just doesn't wash. The right wing blogosphere was salivating over this story. You couldn't wait to verify the story. You stepped on this landmine with both feet, and you'll have to take the consequences.

I just hope no one has been physically hurt yet as the result of this mess. If someone read this story on the Right's blogs and acted violently to extract some misguided vengeance, then you have blood on your hands.

If I were you, I'd take a moment and think about that.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

Wow, that's an hope no one has been physically hurt? Come on, do I really have to comb the archives of the liberal blogs(yours included) to find examples of the same thing in reverse? If you stated that the blogoshere tends to jump on stories relating to there own pesonal views before verifying I would actually agree whole heartedly but to say this is somehow a republican only that is an argument that doesn't hold water...

James Young said...

I'm still looking for the link to those "several Republican
bloggers [who] jumped on it." I'd even be interested in learning where you come up with this notion of "the observed right wing violence that has received so much coverage this year."

Try to deal with facts, not your self-indulgent fantasies. You might even be able to lose that "moonbat" vibe.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

BTW I don't think I have ever "salivated" over a story in a paper (on-line or in print) a nice juicy steak at Ruth Chris's yes, a news story about an attacked girl as reported by a trusted news source in Pittsburgh where it salavating. This is hardly a Disaster for McCain since he had nothng to do with it.......she lied, it's her fault for lying

The Richmond Democrat said...

Sorry guys, you know it's not going to be understood that way by ordinary Americans. You can spin all you like, but people understand what this was, and the fact that she's an out of state volunteer or staffer for McCain will ensure that he has to take his share of the "credit."

What's wrong, I thought you guys were big into guilt by association?

The Richmond Democrat said...

You can go here to get a sense of the reaction this is drawing.

Just to clarify: do I think McCain's campaign fabricated this story? No.

Do I believe that McCain's campaign fostered an atmosphere in which one of his supporters thought this was a good idea? Absolutely.

Ashley Todd is the new poster child for the Republican Party.

tamswine13 said...

Ladies and Gentlemen, May I please ask you to do some digging into how much she might have been paid from either side of the political bar to attempt this stunt? Could it not be possible that in this desperate state of our economy that she took cold hard cash to that ATM from someone who wanted a diversion?

Danny Vice said...

Give me a break.

Are you people so weak minded that you'd actually think a campaign would hire a girl who has a history of mental problems to make up such a story?

There are idiotic people all over the country - willing to do stupid things for any number of reasons to get attention.

I have looked into the story and I can certainly say the media was very cautious about jumping on this story.

Myself, a Republican blogger, did not cover it because I researched it and found early on that investigators weren't buying the story.

I am covering it now, as she now meets the subject matter my site covers. Crazy people.

Don't try to make something more than it is.

The Richmond Democrat said...

No one has implied that McCain's campaign planned this. It has been revealed that they tried to exploit it until they began to realize what had happened, then they tried to pull back.

Too late:

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