Last night we brought you word of report in British press of an unnamed Romney foreign policy advisor claiming Romney had edge over Obama because of that "Anglo-Saxon" thing (see below). Romney camp today disputes account, claiming fella couldn't have said it, or in any case was not speaking for the campaign. But still: Who is he? One of my sources in London says that he is getting tips that it is one Nile Gardiner, from the Heritage Foundation, a frequent Fox News talking head and critic of Obama. Unconfirmed, of course. Wikipedia reveals that he a frequent contributor to the newspaper that got the scoop--the Telegraph. His Heritage bio here.
Update: Gardiner denies it, to Wash Post's Greg Sargent, but says he did talk to reporter. Then again, would he confirm it?
Update 2: Now Talking Points Memo reporter talks to Romney staffer who says no retraction or correction requested--and the Telegraph confirms it has received no such request.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Is This That Romney Source in "Anglo-Saxon" Flap?
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