This epic post at talkingpointsmemo.com details how the Mccain camp was pushing this obviously false Ashley Todd attack, in an effort to incite race-based fear in Pennsylvania.
According to the post, Mccain communications director Peter Feldman was providing a very inflated and incendiary version of Ashley’s story, citing facts far beyond what police had been able to concern.
It is clear that the campaign pounced on this opportunity to stoke racial fears in hopes of stealing this election. Besides pushing this false story prematurely, they released an incendiary press release, and managed to have both candidates call Ashley Todd and her family. That sort of stuff does not happen without the blessing of campaign managers.
So much for the “honorable” campaign John McCain promised to run.