Earlier today, Jonathan Martin pointed out the new www.phoneyFred.org website:

Clearly, though, this is no amateur effort.   The volume of information and the way that it’s sourced reeks of a grasstops hit-job.   Repeatingly calling Thompson "Phoney Fred" in the on-message style of political operatives, the site offers up unflattering quotes with the standard attribution style of oppo everywhere.

Turns out it wasn’t amateur at all. According to WaPo, it was put together by Mitt Romney’s paid consultants:

Nowhere on the site does it indicate who is responsible for it. But a series of inquiries leads directly to the website of Under the Power Lines, the political consulting firm of Warren Tompkins, Romney’s lead consultant in South Carolina.

This is another in a long list of thuggery and illegality of Romney associates and campaign staff. Including Romney’s former Director of Operations Jay Garrity, Romney’s former national finance co-chair,  Romney’s other indicted former national finance co-chair, etc. And then the Romney campaign threatens voters if they do things like ask questions (note that in South Carolina, the Romney campaign doesn’t even allow that):

On Sept. 3, I attended a house party for Mitt Romney … a gentleman approached me and said if I started any trouble I would be thrown out of the event. … He reiterated I would be tossed out because my "kind" weren’t welcome at such an event. … All the while, he used his 6-foot frame to intimidate my 5-foot-4-inch body. He then introduced the grandson of the homeowner, the man running his New Hampshire campaign, the very same man who attempted to bully me into silence.

Thugs and illegality. If a guy surrounds himself with these kinds of people on the campaign, who is he going to surround himself with if he becomes President?


jbonham76 · September 10, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Where were you when McCain was starting up Mitt Vs. Fact?

Where were you setting the record straight when you reported James Bopp was lying about being paid, and besmirching a strong fellow conservative of yours.

What are goign to do when Romney wins and you stuck trying to help Repubs with Romney running the party.

For a political consultant, you have poor strategy and judgment.

eye · September 10, 2007 at 9:32 PM

I have integrity. Unlike you Jason.

BTW, which of the facts are you disagreeing with? Or you don’t do that? You only whine?

eye · September 10, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Oh. And I had no problem with “Mitt versus Fact”. I thought it was funny. And true. Again, dealing with facts.

sampo · September 10, 2007 at 9:37 PM

watch how silly your antics look in third person:

jbonham76 · September 10, 2007 at 9:48 PM

“I have integrity. Unlike you Jason.”

Can I post that email you sent me once Soren?

You know the one were you called me a XXXXX and a XXXX XXXX?

Just curious.

jbonham76 · September 10, 2007 at 9:49 PM

Also I was wondering what you found that was unfactual on the Thompson blog you are writing about here? Just dealing with facts, and a hypocrite with a web site.

eye · September 10, 2007 at 9:54 PM

I didn’t say it wasn’t factual. Check out the things that I have said about Thompson.

I am just struck that Romney isn’t willing to put his name on it…

eye · September 10, 2007 at 9:55 PM

And is that a threat Jason? Is that what your “Faith and Values” mean?

jbonham76 · September 10, 2007 at 9:56 PM

I am just struck that you didn’t peep a word about McCain but you jump all over anything Romney.

jbonham76 · September 10, 2007 at 9:57 PM


No threats at all. Just curiosity.

sampo · September 10, 2007 at 10:10 PM

“pimp thompson” prove it.

p.s. have you obsorved your antics on youtube yet?

sampo · September 10, 2007 at 10:14 PM

here’s a little chit chat i’m having with a top mitt bot dean barnett (hopefully i get a second reply):

me: has camp romney wheeled you out yet to partake in mitt’s much needed damage control?

dean: Not yet. I’ll put myself of stand by!

me: how hypocritical for ‘the hugh hewitt show’ and company to be able to grill ABC when their staff refused to disclose their votes. your radio show refuses to endorse romney when you’re all in the tank for him.

explain the blatant breach in integrity, sir.

sampo · September 11, 2007 at 12:25 PM


Fight fight!
More on the story here. Below is what the Romney campaign tells The Brody File:

“The site was not affiliated with our campaign, but we did make it clear that we did not approve of the site, strongly disavowed it and made sure that it had absolutely no connection to our campaign whatsoever. We took immediate action once we were alerted to it.”

Yesterday, Thompson’s campaign released this statement:

“There is no room in our party for this kind of smut. As the top executive of his own campaign, Governor Romney should take full responsibility for this type of high-tech gutter politics and issue an immediate apology. If this is true, Governor Romney should exercise some of his much-touted executive acumen and immediately terminate anyone related to this outrage.”

  More Republicans throwing one another under the Bus. - The Detroit Times · September 10, 2007 at 11:37 PM

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FullosseousFlap's Dental Blog · September 11, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Mitt Romney Watch: The Phoneyfred.org Flap…

The Anti-Fred Thompson web site http://www.phoneyfred.org is now down but will continue to give grief not to Thompson but Mitt Romney who has been implicated in its creation.
Check out the front page of the web site:

And if this is not enough to convince AN…

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