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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Larry Sinclair Update

Who Is Larry Sinclair and why is he spreading tales about Sen. Obama?

Olive Wills had this to say:
He’s wanted, failed a polygraph test, is a serial carny. So of course he’s attacking a pol lke Obama with outlandish claims. Any real news outlet that broadcasts this guy’s claims deserves total scorn.


Firedoglake Posted the Press Club Drilling Sen. Obama's Accuser, Larry Sinclair:


Ben Smith Reported: Sinclair arrested, and other notes from the Press Club

A footnote to the story of Larry Sinclair, the gadfly whose long criminal record I wrote about this morning: He was arrested by Washington, D.C. police after his press conference there today, two officials at D.C.'s First District station confirmed to Politico.

Sinclair is wanted in Colorado on theft and forgery charges, but police officials I spoke to wouldn't discuss the charges. Reason's David Weigel first reported the arrest.

Avi swung by Sinclair's press conference at the National Press Club today, an utterly strange scene whose highlight came from Sinclair's spokesman, Montgomery Blair Sibley, whose law license has been suspended, explained why he was wearing a kilt, explaining that it was more comfortable for "those of us on the other side of the genital spectrum."

At the Press Club, Avi also ran into Will Bower, a sometimes-Huffington Post blogger who founded “Party Unity, My Ass” – a group for die-hard Clinton supporters that are now backing McCain – and was invited by the McCain campaign last weekend to meet with the presumptive Republican nominee, and called Sinclair's story "worth exploring."

“I don’t think he should be written off without consideration,” he said when asked about Sinclair. “I think its worth exploring.”


John Aravosis is connecting the dots:

In his post about Larry Sinclair, the now-jailed (again) guy spreading bizarre rumors about Obama, Ben Smith notes the following:

At the Press Club, Avi also ran into Will Bower, a sometimes-Huffington Post blogger who founded “Party Unity, My Ass” – a group for die-hard Clinton supporters that are now backing McCain – and was invited by the McCain campaign last weekend to meet with the presumptive Republican nominee, and called Sinclair's story "worth exploring."
And from Ben's post 4 days ago, we confirm that Will Bower was in fact invited, and did attend, a private meeting with McCain last weekend. Anyone else find it interesting that McCain is wooing a guy who is telling the media that Sinclair's smears are "worth exploring"? I'd love to know what the McCain campaign's involvement is here, whether they talked to Bower about this story, whether Bower told them he was going to the press conference, whether they're now prepared to reject and denounce Bower for trying to push this story? It's just a bit sleazy finding John McCain's name mixed up in all of this.



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