N.H. doubts it will ID push poll culprits before vote
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s attorney general has identified two companies involved in a series of phone calls that targeted Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith while praising John McCain. But Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said it will be after the primary before she can identify who ordered the calls, leaving both campaigns pointing fingers at each other.
Ayotte gave an update on the investigation into the calls on Thursday, just five days before New Hampshire voters go to the polls for the first-in-the-nation primary Jan. 8. In it, she pointed to two firms: Western Wats, of Orem, Utah, that made the calls; and Moore-Information Inc., of Portland, Ore., that hired Western Wats.
Ayotte said she can’t yet point to who hired Moore-Information, a key question in determining who is behind the calls, their intention and their legality.
“I believe the voters of New Hampshire deserve to have these complaints resolved before the presidential primary on Tuesday,” Ayotte told reporters in her office. “That’s why we’re asking for help from the general public.”
The Romney Campaign has issued this:
Thursday, Jan 03, 2008
Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President Campaign Manager Beth Myers issued the following statement regarding the McCain campaign and push polling allegations:
“The Romney campaign had nothing to do with these alleged push polling calls. It is reckless, irresponsible and egregious for the McCain campaign to even mention the Romney campaign in relation to these calls. If they have any proof, let’s see it. If not, Senator McCain should immediately apologize for the actions of his own campaign.”