The Romney people are testing the waters of stupidity by denying that Jay Garrity's entire existence is an impersonation of a law official. In today's Globe, the Romney camp insists the reporter, the state police and Wayne's Drain people are lying.
Law enforcement sources said Garrity became the focus of the investigation after the cellphone used to make the call was traced to him. The number has since been disconnected....
A lawyer for Garrity adamantly denied that his client placed the call.
"He didn't make the phone call," said attorney Stephen Jones. "He has no connection whatsoever to the number that the call was made from....
New Hampshire attorney general's office opened an investigation into a complaint that a Romney campaign aide, identified as Garrity, pulled over a
New York Times
reporter who was driving behind a campaign vehicle and then professed to have run the reporter's license plate. The probe was spurred by a citizen complaint, according to Jane E. Young, chief of the criminal justice bureau.
Jones acknowledges that Garrity spoke with the reporter who was trailing two campaign vehicles but only after the reporter had pulled over behind the campaign caravan, which had stopped to check directions.
"No plate was ever run," Jones said. "He didn't threaten to run his plate. He didn't have to. He knew who he was when he saw him."...
Yeah? Then why was there any conversation at all between them? Reporters follow candidates. Candidates want reporters to follow them.
Asking people who use sound judgment to believe that the reporter made the story up, the police are lying and the drain people have the wrong police impersonator who called from his cell phone, bears the imprimatur of Gary Marx and Barbara Comstock political strategy.
Romney put Garrity on paid leave of absence, indicating he has full intention of bringing a man who obviously has some kind of mental problem and exercises it to feign police powers on innocent people, back on board the campaign.