Earlier today I brought you the story of a mysterious poll that went out on Wednesday. As I told you earlier, my source was an elderly lady, who while extraordinarily lucid for her age was still almost ninety years old. I gave you that information so you could fairly judge the details and source yourselves without me identifying them. Some details about questions asked or other tone inferred were tough to get, but she was positive that the caller had claimed to be from the Virginia Democratic Party.
As we all agreed earlier, the Virginia Democratic Party would not do such a poll during a primary. Thus a potential scandal was born, calls being made that misidentify themselves. We wanted to know who was responsible!
To hear about one call means thousands others were attempted, so I put up a story hoping to get more details. We hit the jackpot. A blogger from Pittsburgh, PA named DJHlights has a friend on the Fairfax County Democratic Committee who also received the call! Details are posted here.
As is usual with growing scandals, we learned new and even more troubling details. On this call, the pollster identified themselves as with "Pew Research" a well respected name. I can not find a similar public attack poll that Pew has ever conducted. That combined with my source saying their caller said they were from the "Virginia Democratic Party" now leads us to a numbing conclusion. Since neither Pew of the DPVA would be involved in such a poll, we can only conclude that the pollster was intentionally misleading people as to the source of the poll.
With this mounting evidence, it is time to discover who was responsible for this action that seems to be a clear violation of Virginia's disclosure laws.
As we said earlier, it is highly unlikely James Webb was involved because the questions were skewed against his candidacy. The Webb campaign later confirmed on the record that they are not polling.
That leaves Harris Miller, who has the money and the motive to be polling. That campaign has refused to return emails from me asking if they are polling. It's certainly their right to do so, but this issue will not go away. The people of Virginia were lied to and mislead in this poll, and we need three questions answered.
1) Was Harris Miller responsible for commissioning this poll?
2) If so, did the Miller campaign ask the polling company to mislead those called on who commissioned the poll?
3) If the Miller campaign commissioned this poll, but did not ask the callers to misidentify themselves- who at the polling company told them to do so?
Any more silence from the Miller campaign can only be interpreted as pleading the 5th as far as I'm concerned. This is a very serious issue.