In response to the news, first reported here on BMG and now picked up at the Globe, the Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, National Journal, Politico, and no doubt elsewhere, that Eric Fehrnstrom appears to be behind the satirical “CrazyKhazei” Twitter account, Alan Khazei’s campaign has released the following statement:
Alan Khazei’s U.S. Senate campaign issued the following statement today about the Boston Globe and Blue Mass Group’s report that U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s campaign strategists were behind an anonymous online campaign designed to discredit and malign Khazei.
“Instead of launching anonymous personal attacks against Alan Khazei, Sen. Scott Brown and his team should focus their time and energy on growing our economy and putting Massachusetts citizens back to work,” said Khazei’s Chief of Staff Emily Cherniack.
“Voters are cynical about the political process because politicians in Washington have spent more time on name-calling and tearing each other down, than they’ve spent working together to move the country forward.
“Sen. Brown should denounce these tactics, immediately close the fake Twitter account and apologize to the citizens of Massachusetts because we deserve better from our leaders,” continued Cherniack.
“Sen. Brown campaigned as a different type of politician, but since assuming office he has cozyied up to special interests, engaged in juvenile personal attacks, and become another Washington politician.”
Khazei, sensibly, makes no direct mention of Fehrnstrom. But the real story here is what happens to him. He’s one of Scott Brown’s key advisors, and he serves a similar role for Mitt Romney – who is having troubles of his own, as two new polls show that Rick Perry is now the clear front-runner in the GOP primaries. Neither Brown nor Romney needs the distraction of a consultant who got caught in an embarrassing sideshow.