(crossposted at BlueGrassRoots)
McConnell staffer Don Stewart decided to write a response to the criticism that McConnell has received over the dishonest smearing of Graeme Frost's family in todays CJ. In true McConnell fashion, he decided to blatantly lie.
Citing anonymous sources, some claimed our office played a role in encouraging conservative bloggers to criticize the Frost family, whose son recently gave the Democrats' radio address on the issue of health care.
While that is not the case, our office did play a significant role in making sure the mainstream media knew there was nothing to the complaints against the Frost family. As I pointed out to reporters -- more than a week ago -- the family is "legit," and there is "no story" there. Most reporters agree with my assessment, which is why only left-wing columnists and bloggers and others who seek political advantage seem to still be interested.
Sorry Don, but you're not even close. This is what ThinkProgress actually reported. Your office was spreading the right wing blogs lies to reporters in the media. Here is the email that McConnell's office (YOU, Don Stewart) was spreading.
Seen the latest blogswarm? Apparently, there’s more to the story on the kid (Graeme Frost) that did the Dems’ radio response on SCHIP. Bloggers have done a little digging and turned up that the Dad owns his own business (and the building it’s in), seems to have some commercial rental income and Graeme and a sister go to a private school that, according to its website, costs about $20k a year ‹for each kid‹ despite the news profiles reporting a family income of only $45k for the Frosts. Could the Dems really have done that bad of a job vetting this family?
Gee Don, that doesn't sound like you're "defending the family", does it?
So my follow up question is, did you send this dishonest smear of Graeme Frost's family to John Roberts at CNN, when he reported this.
Blatantly lying and misleading, the modus operandi of Mitch McConnell.
ADDITIONALLY, it looks like Mitch has lied to Mark Herbert too. This is how he responded to Mark's question about his office's involvement in spreading the false attacks on Friday:
On allegations that one of his aides e-mailed reporters encouraging them to check the background of 12-year-old Graeme Frost, the kid who gave the democratic radio response to President Bush last weekend (see earlier post): McConnell gave a curt "no" to most questions I asked about his staffer's link to the story finally adding "there was no involvement whatsoever.
Q: From your staff?
A: None "
Here's what Stewart says in James Carroll's CJ article today:
Stewart said McConnell did not know about any of his e-mails until he told the senator about them sometime around last Thursday.
"He saw that I spiked the story, I showed him that, and he doesn’t want it getting in the way of passing" a child insurance bill, Stewart said.
A pile of damned dirty lies are stacking up outside of McConnell's DC office, stinking up the Capital building.