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Thursday, October 09, 2003


Lehane joins Clark campaign

posted by annatopia at Thursday, October 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Well folks, what can I say about this? It looks like the odious Chris Lehane has joined Team Clark. I'll let Kos speak for a moment:
Fresh off his astounding success in helping John Kerry fend off Howard Dean and Gray Davis beat the recall campaign, Chris Lehane, my favorite boogeyman, has joined his long-time partner Fabiani at the Clark campaign...The reason Lehane showed up yesterday was simple -- the recall race was over. And jobless, it was only natural he join his partner in Little Rock. And conveniently, Fowler had "quit" the previous day.

Clarksters, I have this to say to you in response to this rumor. First, think about Lehane's track record and his MO. His MO is mudslinging, dirty politics. He's responsible for the attacks on Bill Bradley that came from the Gore camp in 2000. He's responsible for the behind-the-back sniping from Kerry's camp towards Dean all those months ago. He has worked on losing campaigns for his entire career, and is known to be a egotist who thinks its "my way or the highway". I'd really hoped that Dean and Clark would stay above the fray and not attack each other too viciously. But with Lehane on board, you can bet the gloves are off between the two candidates. This story is developing and I'll post more info as it becomes available.

Somebody get this guy a ball-gag!

update: more from tapped, which states Lehane will play an as-yet-undetermined role in the Clark campaign.


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