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Friday, October 24, 2008

Assault faked; Todd to be charged

The story exploded yesterday that a McCain/Palin volunteer had been attacked, mugged, and maimed after she withdrew money from an ATM. Supposedly, she was attacked by a black man who, upon seeing her McCain/Palin bumper sticker, decided to teach her a lesson, and cut the letter "B" into her right cheek.

Now I didn't put up a post about this yesterday because so many blogs were already covering it, AND we had read that the police were still investigating it. See, here's the thing about cops. They're taught to sniff out details, and they spotted a few inconsistencies in her story. So lat night they brought her down to the police station, and conducted a polygraph on her. They didn't release any details from their test, but they did release this statement today. She lied about the attack, and cut the "B" in her cheek on her own:

Police say a campaign volunteer 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. At a news conference this afternoon, offiicals said they believe the woman's injuries were self-inflicted.

Ashley Todd, 20, is now facing charges for filing a false report to police.

Todd, 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. Todd told investigators that she didn't remember what happened.

Police say they do not believe any other people were involved; and her friends believed the story about the attack.

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.

Pittsburgh Police Public Information Officer Diane Richard released a statement earlier today, saying: "Because of the inconsistencies in her statements, Ms. Todd was asked to submit to a polygraph examination which she agreed to do."

This was dumb, dumb, dumb. Chalk it up to her wanting her fifteen minutes of fame, or some misguided idea that should could help the campaign in the wake of vandalism committed against Republican campaign spots and against Republican candidates. Problem is this sort of behavior doesn't help our side, and just gives firepower to the other side. We don't buy John Moody's assessment that McCain's bid is over because this is a hoax. While McCain did call her to pass along sympathies, he didn't release a statement condemning Obama or his supporters in this fauxny attack.

This was her own doing, and isn't connected to anyone in the McCain campaign. So we don't see this as reflecting badly on him, and if he's questioned about this we're sure that he will express his disappointment in her. What else could you do? This is disappointing that she would pull a stunt like this. We still believe that this was done so she could get her name in the papers, and garner some sort of fame from this. Let's face it, folks. We live in an incredibly superficial world where kids pull stunts like this for attention, and nothing more. What's sad about this whole fiasco is that she lied, and used her support for a candidate to contrive that lie. It's shameful. We're happy to hear that the police will pursue charges against her for making the false report.

Now if we could just get the Justice Department to investigate ACORN's activities, and get the FEC to get off it's lazy duff and investigate the fraudulent donations made via credit cards on Obama's website we might just be able to return sanity to this election.

Publius II


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