Pr. Wm. Co. Chair Corey Stewart went on the John Fredericks Show this morning to deny allegations that his campaign is behind a series of anonymous attacks against fellow candidates for Lt. Governor. Here is the live blog of it:
8:15 Stewart calls Jim Riley a good guy, a smart guy, but a supporter of Scott Lingamfelter. Corey says he’s clearly in the lead, been accused of virtually everything, all of this came out after the Tea Party / Middle Resolution endorsement.
8:16 He throws Lee Bond under the bus, says he’s worked for any number of folks, calls it nonsense.
Stewart denies that he or anyone in his campaign have anything to do with the negative ads against Lingamfelter and Snyder.
8:18am – Stewart says Shaun Kenney takes his conclusion from Riley, he hasn’t done any separate analysis, spreading rumors as fact. Shaun’s a good guy, but he’s a big Pete Snyder supporter.
8:20pm – Fredericks talks about Tea Party endorsement and criticism of Stewart’s record of tax hikes. Stewart says he did not raise taxes. Signed the Taxpayers Alliance pledge and held to it. During his term, tax bills are flat
Tax bill when he came in was $3,500. Today it’s $3,500
8:23am – Fredericks points to 2011 vote, Stewart starts to get into the weeds about tax rates not being important or assessed value, it’s rate times assessed value.
Corey’s getting tangled up on this. He’s never been able to explain this on a bumpersticker
Fredericks – if the value of my home goes down and you increase the rate, you voted to increase my taxes.
8:27 – Fredericks bring up Lee Bond’s working for Harris and that’s how you hooked up, any truth to that?
Corey – I don’t know who that is or who he’s taking about, i’ve worked with a lot of consultants.
Fredericks – Vince Harris.
Corey – Yes, it’s my understanding he worked for Vince. He’s well known, runs Too Conservative, he’s done work for dozens of folks in the past and presidential campaigns.
Fredericks – So is he a consultant now?
Corey – No. Every time you run a campaign all your former vendors want to take part in it but you can’t hire them all. A lot of times they get upset and the next thing you know you’ve got some retribution goin gon. I don’t know, I haven’t talked to Vince in a long time, he’s a good guy.
(So Corey starts by saying “I have no idea what you’re talking about” but when Fredericks names names “Yeah, I knew that” and then throws Vince under the bus.)
== END INTERVIEW ==
If this is true that the Stewart campaign was not involved in the production and/or dissemination of these videos, then they have a real security problem with unauthorized access of their email database.
You see, one of these videos was brought to the attention of Virtucon by way of an email sent to a particular email address of a contributor here. That address is rarely used for anything, few people have it, and only one campaign has been sending messages to that address – the Stewart campaign.
This would mean that the person who wanted to bring public attention to these videos, if not a Stewart campaign staffer, would have to gain unauthorized access to the campaign’s email database, select who they wanted to distribute the emails to from among those listed in the database, and then send out the link on their own. Why someone would go to the trouble to do this when there are easier ways to gather email addresses (like the “CONTACT US” link we have in our sidebar) is at least beyond my comprehension.
This leaves just two explanations – someone on the campaign is behind distributing the video or the campaign’s database has been hacked.