Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lummis press secretary leaves campaign "of her own volition"

This isn't exactly breaking news, now that it's been covered all days in the press and on the blogs. But here's the latest update on "Phonegate" from Matt Joyce at the AP:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis said Wednesday that her press secretary was leaving her campaign after a report that the staffer called in to a rival's news conference and used a fake name to pose a question.

Lummis told The Associated Press that she did not ask Rachael Seidenschnur to call the news conference held Tuesday by Democratic opponent Gary Trauner and was not aware that Seidenschnur planned to do so.

Lummis said Wednesday that Seidenschnur had decided to leave the campaign.

"She is concerned that she doesn't want anything to reflect poorly on the campaign, and she has made the decision on her own volition to leave the campaign," Lummis said in a telephone interview.

When asked her opinion of the appropriateness of the call, Lummis said: "Well, I support transparency, that's the best policy, but as I said she chose to leave of her own volition."

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