Mr. Segretti told me over the phone from his Orange County law office that he was appalled to learn robo-calls may have been used to provide misleading polling-station information to Canadian voters on election day.
“We never tried to do something that would, at the end of the day, take away the right of somebody to vote,” he said. “That goes beyond a prank. It’s just wrong, on many levels.”
Their dirty tricks campaign, Mr. Segretti claimed, was designed to disrupt the Democrats, not hoodwink voters.
That was in the back of my mind as I was writing this post. It was something in Lawrence Martin's article which niggled at me.
Mr. Giraud, the Lunn campaign manager, was categorical: “Nobody has ever asked me to do dirty tricks.” But it’s conceivable they were done without his knowledge. The party had a separate team, he said, that worked on swing ridings.My first thought was that it was just another attempt to deflect blame, but I had not let go of the idea that maybe this was a slip of information. While I didn't dismiss it completely, I wasn't sure that such a sophisticated mechanism was likely.
Then The Gazeteer, dropped a footnote on his post. He saw it too!
Was there a hit squad of Conservative campaign operatives pulling out all the stops in the swing ridings?
If so, they were not there to persuade or influence voters; they were there to eliminate opposition votes. That's a 21st Century version of a thug with a baseball bat outside a polling place.
So, yeah. The only way to resolve this is offered by Thwap. Because the Grey Lady of Canadian investigative reporting is repeating history.