September 11, 2007

THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN disavows any connection to the phony Fred Thompson website mentioned earlier. And Stephen Smith of the Romney campaign emails:

The site has no direct affiliation to our campaign, and we had no knowledge of its development.

Once we received inquiries about the site, we discovered it was created by an individual who parked the site temporarily on the company server space of a firm whose financial partner is a consultant to the campaign-
Mr. Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins also had absolutely no knowledge about the development of the site or that it was temporarily parked on the firm’s server.

We informed this party that as a result of that server use, we were receiving inquires about the site. We made it clear that we did not approve of the site and asked for immediate action to make sure it was again in no way affiliated with the campaign.

The person responsible is not an employee of ours, but we took immediate action to make sure it was clear the site was not affiliated with the campaign.

It is also my understanding that the site was taken off-line by whoever administers it.

I’ve dealt with Stephen before, and I have no reason to doubt him, but there’s also no reason to doubt that this is an embarrassment for the Romney campaign.

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