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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

And so the assault on Kerry begins.

A couple of things:

First, what was the consequence of those Senate hearings? Was legislation proposed to close the insurance loophole? How did Kerry vote on that legislation? The article is strangely silent... just as it's silent on where AP "obtained" those documents. (As though anyone needs to be told, really).

The record is here. May 4, 2000, Senate Hearing 106-1110 -- Oversight Hearing on the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Given that it's over 100 pages long it's going to take me a while to sort through it for the relevant passages, but feel free to give it a whirl yourself. Certainly nobody at AP is about to do it!

Second, paragraph two screams "...the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerry's way on a trip to Vermont". Paragraph 22 mentions that the trip cost the staggering sum of $540.

I'm not saying there's no quid pro quo, but a $540 lecture expense? Why even bother mentioning it, other than as a smear?

This is the first shot across the bow of course, but it's a pretty weak one. The real question is, how deftly will Kerry be able to deal with it?

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