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Anti-Mormon Push Polling from Utah based Company

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the November 19th, 2007

I found a link to this article by Liz Mair that is fascinating. Apparently there are a number of theories that could be floated about this strange and mysterious phone poll riddle. She did some snooping and found some interesting if not fishy info.

It also strikes me as strange that when I just ran an FEC search for the name “Welch, Jeffrey” (the name of a Senior VP at Western Wats, I came up with this:

WELCH, JEFFREY MR.
CEDARA HILLS, UT 84062
WESTERN WATS INC./BUSINESS MANAGE

ROMNEY, MITT
VIA ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT INC.

09/30/2007 500.00 27931366119

The strange thing are the connections between Romney and people at the company making the calls.

So, here’s the picture, as it stands. Firm with links to Romney performs series of mean, nasty, Mormon-bashing, religiously-bigoted calls in key primary states. Uses script that makes it look like McCain could be involved. Firm also has links to Giuliani team. Calls do nothing to drum up support for McCain, and in fact make him look really, really bad. Also raise suspicion about Giuliani. Meanwhile, calls generate sympathy for Romney.

I am genuninely interested in finding out who is behind all of it, like most people. I don’t really fear the worst, that Romney’s camp is behind it, but wonder if some scheming Romney supporter just didn’t think this one through.

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  1. doug said, on November 19th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    My Man Mitt has tons of stuff to refute this “Mitt did it” meme.

    For example:

    http://www.mymanmitt.com/mitt-romney/2007/11/exclusive-interview-with-western-wats.asp

    http://www.mymanmitt.com/mitt-romney/2007/11/more-on-romney-did-it-theory.asp

    etc etc.

    Western Wats is apparently one of the biggest data collection businesses in the U.S. They have call centers around the country. Their current CEO is not even Mormon. They just happen to be headquartered in Utah…

  2. doug said, on November 19th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Mark Hemingway at NRO posted an article that basically alleges that a conspiratorial web of Romney supporters were behind the calls.

    Me thinks that National Review got slammed by the Romney campaign and perhaps threatened with legal action by the marketing company in Virginia. See the correction at the top of article. Heh.

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