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Kerry Faces Big Test In Internet Storm About Mystery Woman (UK)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-13-2004 | Alec Russell/David Rennie

Posted on 02/12/2004 5:58:46 PM PST by blam

Kerry faces big test in internet storm about mystery woman

By Alec Russell and David Rennie in Washington
(Filed: 13/02/2004)

The campaign of Senator John Kerry, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, faced its first media storm last night after a Right-wing website alleged that he had asked a woman to leave the country for personal reasons.

Mr Kerry's campaign did not respond to the allegation on the Drudge Report, a news tipster, most famous for disclosing that Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. When contacted, the Kerry campaign had no immediate comment.

Waiting in the wings: Democratic hopeful, John Kerry

But Democratic sources blamed the allegation on Republican "dirty tricks". They said it marked the long-expected start of a campaign from the Right to smear the frontrunner and damage his chances of fighting a strong campaign against President George W Bush.

The report caused anguish among grassroots party activists just a day after it seemed that Mr Kerry, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, had been virtually crowned as the nominee after a remarkably swift and benign campaign.

The report also alleged that General Wesley Clark, who bowed out of the race on Wednesday, told reporters: "Kerry will implode over an intern issue."

Bill Buck, the national press secretary for the Clark campaign, said: "We do not respond to Right-wing internet postings in any way, shape or form."

Two hours after the report first appeared on the internet, Gen Clark's campaign rushed to his aid, indicating that the retired general would endorse Mr Kerry today.

Drudge claimed that several prominent news organisations in Washington have been investigating the rumours. But some of those named denied this.

The Drudge Report said the allegation explained why Howard Dean, the former frontrunner, was now vowing to fight on, having earlier pledged to bow out if he lost the next big contest on Tuesday.

Diehard Dean supporters exulted on internet forums at the news that the man who usurped their hero's position as favourite was at the centre of his own media storm.

Deaniacs remain bitter at what they perceive as the media's destruction of their candidate, who only a month ago led the polls. Last night Mr Kerry's campaign internet forum for activists was seething with accusations of Republican dirty tricks.

Mr Kerry took the lead in the race for the nomination three weeks ago when he won the first contest, the Iowa caucuses, since when he has won 11 out of the following 13 contests.

Following his victories in the south on Tuesday, in contests in Virginia and Tennessee, he was deemed to have proved his national credentials and to have all but eliminated his remaining rivals' hopes.

But he has always acknowledged that he will have to wait until March 2, when many of the big states vote, to secure a majority of the delegates who are allocated by each victory, to ensure he is chosen as the nominee at the party's convention in July.

The allegation on the Drudge Report provided the first test of the Kerry campaign under fire. While he has rampaged from victory to victory, it has been widely acknowledged that Mr Kerry has been spared the scrutiny normally devoted to frontrunners.

He has benefited from this year's accelerated timetable of the primaries and the overwhelming desire of Democrats of all stripes to unite and find the candidate who is best able to beat President George W Bush.

Mr Kerry was in Washington yesterday for strategy meetings and was expected to fly to Wisconsin today ahead of Tuesday's primary.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; bimboeruption; internet; kerry; mystery; storm; test; woman
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To: byronhawthorne
You signed up just to ask for a picture?
51 posted on 02/12/2004 6:59:03 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: blam

Drudge claimed that several prominent news organisations in Washington have been investigating the rumours. But some of those named denied this.

Ye of little faith. Rather than accept the obvious, I guess it is easier to develop all kinds of conspiracy theories that a deus ex machina (read Dems) is controlling events as part of some grand scheme.

Of course, the Dems are trying to dismiss it as a Right Wing smear job. They did the same thing with Clinton's dalliance with Monica. It worked until the facts came out. Let's see how Kerry handles it. Will he use the Clintonian "I did not have sex with that woman" or will he just say that he will not dignify such allegations with a reply,i.e., be ambiguous enough so if the facts do come out, he can not be accused of lying. Kerry is a master spinner, I just hope there is a blue dress.

52 posted on 02/12/2004 7:00:19 PM PST by kabar
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To: diotima
Serial monogamists have a tendancy to experiment off and on with viable and non-viable candidates for the next legal mate.

Be that as it may, I expect this to dry up and blow away. It just doesn't matter to his core supporters. It might keep the Deaniacs alive a little longer but I don't think it will amount to anything in the long run. As a member of the vast-right-wing-conspiracy myself, I think the truth of the matter is that the center won't believe it, the left doesn't care, and the right isn't going to be changed by it in any way. A null input across the board.
53 posted on 02/12/2004 7:01:50 PM PST by Triple Word Score
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To: uvular; diotima; oceanview; Howlin; Dog; Miss Marple; All
But wait....I have an idea. What if the AP (friend of intern) staffer that Drudge reports in his story has befriended Drudge? Just what if she's willing to sing like a lark? (I hope she's taking her personal security more seriously these days.) Perhaps she's ready to release evidence (letters, photos, phone tapes, etc.) ala Linda Tripp? Or perhaps we only have to wait for Time Mag to come out with their story.....
54 posted on 02/12/2004 7:02:11 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: tessalu
Who would have sex with horse face Kerry? I think he is innocent on that basis alone.

I got one word for you:
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

55 posted on 02/12/2004 7:03:58 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: cyncooper
Don't be so cyn-ical, Coop. Just because I just arrived doesn't mean that's all I'm interested in. Remember the rule on assuming! lol
56 posted on 02/12/2004 7:04:07 PM PST by byronhawthorne (Can We Get A pic?)
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To: anniegetyourgun
but what exactly is the "story"? there needs to be more then just a relationship: sex in exchange for a job, a payoff to keep silent, abortion. an affair alone just isn't going to cut it.
57 posted on 02/12/2004 7:07:08 PM PST by oceanview
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To: oceanview
Oh, I dunno....I think one truth about an affair by Kerry is worth about five lies that the libs will make up about Bush.
58 posted on 02/12/2004 7:09:08 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: oceanview
Kerry could easily spin this into a positive for himself. I am feeling more and more like this is a setup

I just can't be. Kerry is riding the highest crest of his career at this moment, it would be insane for him to get sidetracked on something like this right now. It's absolutely dirty tricks by rival Dems, most probably with Lehane responsible somewhere. But the GOP will get blamed. Let's be patient, folks; lots of intrigue going on.

59 posted on 02/12/2004 7:10:01 PM PST by Jhensy
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To: Jhensy
I just can't be= It just can't be
60 posted on 02/12/2004 7:12:10 PM PST by Jhensy
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To: tessalu
Now I do not believe this story about the concubine fleeing to Africa, no, I do not. Who would have sex with horse face Kerry? I think he is innocent on that basis alone.

Ah but Henry Kissinger said Power is the ULTIMATE APHRODAISIAC anmd Ol Henry weren't no movie star himself
61 posted on 02/12/2004 7:12:29 PM PST by uncbob
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To: anniegetyourgun
Hope you're right, but what kinda amount of courage would this friend have to have, seeing what happened to Linda Tripp?

If all is true, Ta-raa-sa will be the most admired woman in the world-after Hillary-for staying with John and 'maiming' him slowly with her newfound power.

Young stupid women pose nude to become 'great actresses'. Older stupid rich women don't seem to achieve whatever greatness they want, until they are shamed publicly by the dalliances of their husbands.

62 posted on 02/12/2004 7:14:54 PM PST by uvular
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To: Howlin
That was a really scary thought.
63 posted on 02/12/2004 7:16:20 PM PST by Jank
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To: anniegetyourgun
Right wingers? Yeah right.

This has the Clintons' fingerprints all over it.

64 posted on 02/12/2004 7:17:23 PM PST by joonbug
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To: blam
I'm sorry but I think this is funny.
65 posted on 02/12/2004 7:18:01 PM PST by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: byronhawthorne
Does anyone have a pic of Kerry's supposed paramour, the Harvard matriculated statuesque blonde ...

Hmm. Mr Ed is blonde, isn't he?

66 posted on 02/12/2004 7:18:01 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Dean or Green in '04!!)
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To: blam
FYI, DU locked their thread. They want this issue to go away asap. It's going to be hard to duck if Dean says something on Sunday night like "we don't need a repeat of the scandals of the 90's in the White House again" or words to that effect...
67 posted on 02/12/2004 7:19:18 PM PST by Beck_isright ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman" - (Fill in name of Democrat here))
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To: Saundra Duffy
"I'm sorry but I think this is funny."

That's good, I didn't write it. LOL

68 posted on 02/12/2004 7:19:56 PM PST by blam
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To: McGavin999
Finally, on the Jim Bohannon show it's being discussed. That takes it out of the VRWC realm and into the "main stream." More and more people are saying this story has legs and this show tonight shall keep the heat up. Terrell is right, this story is believable.
69 posted on 02/12/2004 7:23:31 PM PST by Beck_isright ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman" - (Fill in name of Democrat here))
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To: Beck_isright; anniegetyourgun
"...FYI, DU locked their thread. They want this issue to go away asap. It's going to be hard to duck if Dean says something on Sunday night like "we don't need a repeat of the scandals of the 90's in the White House again" or words to that effect..."

Ya figured it out, Beck. This DID come from the klintoons...........FRegards

70 posted on 02/12/2004 7:24:46 PM PST by gonzo (Re-Hab is for quitters! I'm still tryin' to see how much I can get away with.........)
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To: blam
He scheduled to call into Imus tomorrow morning...will he be a no show?
71 posted on 02/12/2004 7:25:57 PM PST by Katya
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To: gonzo
I assumed that at 12:10 a.m. when Rush suggested it. And I buy it. This has Hitlery written all over it. Besides, without White House interns, how will Bill survive?
72 posted on 02/12/2004 7:26:46 PM PST by Beck_isright ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman" - (Fill in name of Democrat here))
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To: Katya
He bails tommorrow. There's no way his people can gamble on this appearance. If they do, they are fools. Bernard would have too much fun with this one!
73 posted on 02/12/2004 7:27:43 PM PST by Beck_isright ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman" - (Fill in name of Democrat here))
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To: VeniVidiVici
LOL....did anyone notice, at the risk of seeming to poke fun at another's dermatological shortcomings that Kerry faintly resembles Dick Tracy's nemesis -- Pruneface?

Byron

http://www.autograph-gallery.co.uk/acatalog/A29.JPG
74 posted on 02/12/2004 7:29:32 PM PST by byronhawthorne (Can We Get A pic?)
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To: byronhawthorne
I think you're the one assuming. I merely asked a question. You, on the other hand...
75 posted on 02/12/2004 7:30:22 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: blam
Drudge is not a right-winger. He made his mark with the Monica story, but he obviously has no love for the Republicans, and has reveled in every dirty story about George Bush.

What the mainstream media resents about Drudge is that he's his own man. He has no editors to spike his stories or clean them up. He has no gatekeeper. He publishes whatever he wants. When the press agrees to keep something quiet, he breaks the embargo. I think they're jealous.
76 posted on 02/12/2004 7:30:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Da Mav; autoresponder; MeekOneGOP; JohnHuang2

Waiting in the wings: Democratic hopeful, John Kerry

Ping on Post #44!

77 posted on 02/12/2004 7:58:08 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: blam
Bill Buck, the national press secretary for the Clark campaign, said: "We do not respond to Right-wing internet postings in any way, shape or form."
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Ummmmm, I think that is a response, Bill.

78 posted on 02/12/2004 8:03:28 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: blam
The source of the story was said to be Clark’s press chief Chris Lehane, who worked for Kerry before switching sides. Another Kerry rival, Howard Dean, has reversed his decision to quit the race because of the scandal.

And the beat goes on and on!

79 posted on 02/12/2004 8:41:23 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: lilylangtree
"The source of the story was said to be Clark’s press chief Chris Lehane, who worked for Kerry before switching sides. "

The Dems are already blaming it on the Republicans.

80 posted on 02/12/2004 8:53:54 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
"But Democratic sources blamed the allegation on Republican "dirty tricks".

"General Wesley Clark....reporters: "Kerry will implode over an intern issue."

Hmmmm....typical RAT style....add 2 plus 2 and get 7.

"Last night Mr Kerry's campaign internet forum for activists was seething with accusations of Republican dirty tricks"

Oh, you mean dirty tricks like calling the president a liar? Oh wait....that was Kerry. Or like hawking himself as a war hero out of one side of his mouth and slobbering over Hanoi Jane out of the other. Oh....that was Kerry too. Oh, I know....like calling for regime change in America as we are going into a war. Oh...I guess that was Kerry too.

"the overwhelming desire of Democrats of all stripes to unite and find the candidate who is best able to beat President George W Bush."

Doesn't matter that they are worthless wastes of space that are antiamerican and would be destructive to the country....just as long as they win. All these people care about is power and they will seize it any way they can.

81 posted on 02/12/2004 9:00:50 PM PST by sweetliberty (To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: tessalu
"Who would have sex with horse face Kerry?"

The same kind of pea-brained, slack-jawed female that would don knee pads for Bubba.

82 posted on 02/12/2004 9:03:53 PM PST by sweetliberty (To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: blam
Why did the woman flee to Africa? Is she an African national?
83 posted on 02/12/2004 9:07:25 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: JimSEA
"So much dishonesty was swept under the rug with "It's just sex."

But the thing is, it's not. Leaders should be held to a higher standard. After all, if a man can't exercise good judgement over his own body, what are the chances that he will exercise good judgement over a nation? Slim to none!

84 posted on 02/12/2004 9:08:15 PM PST by sweetliberty (To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: elhombrelibre
"This story has been in three UK newspapers and one Irish On-line site. Someday, it may be reported here in America."

Not much of a story until there are more details. All they're doing is parroting Drudge and leveling accusations at the "right." I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. If left to the discretion of the American press, it never will. This will be like the RAT memos....the story won't be the real dirt, but how the Republicans came by the dirt. Scumbags and scoundrels....every last one of them!

85 posted on 02/12/2004 9:15:24 PM PST by sweetliberty (To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: JimSEA
You're right to be slightly pessimistic, but there is a nuance thay may give you a little optimism. As I remember it, Clinton NOSEDIVED when the accusations about Monica came out. I distinctly remember Geraldo - of all people - saying if it was true Slickie would "have to resign." The Slick Rally happened when the impeachment started and Clinton was perceived as the underdog. We Americans love our underdogs.

I'm with Hannity - Republicans should stay far away from this and let the Intern Diddle Party sort it out themselves. He's only the front runner because of perceived "electability," and now that's gone.

The more pile on, the more pile on rebound. He'll tank on his own.
86 posted on 02/12/2004 10:42:26 PM PST by franklog
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To: Arpege92
I said the same thing about Clinton. He's a creep, too. But POWER is a big thing...and money too. If you're given some perks on the side to participate and stay in the background, like getting set up in an apartment, fur coats, etc., a lot of women would take that over a husband, and facing him dumping them for a newer model. Not that I approve, but there are a LOT of women out there who are glad to be mistresses because of the perks. Not everyone wants a husband. Many just want to be taken care of.

Also, remember that Kerry was apparently having other affairs before he and his first wife divorced. Was it she who filed? Probably, and why would he want to if she 'keeps' him while he's fooling around?

But we should wait to see how this pans out. We don't want egg on our face. If it is true, then he should have to face the full fury of the supporters.
87 posted on 02/13/2004 3:12:01 AM PST by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: Happy2BMe; Da Mav
Democratic moments of Honorable; collect the whole series

The worlds shortest book !


88 posted on 02/13/2004 3:31:36 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have choosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: joonbug; gonzo
Think the lamestream media will trace it to the Clintons? Ha.....
89 posted on 02/13/2004 4:10:00 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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