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Wonder how many media outlets in the Golden State will investigate this story.
In the latest video taken by James O’Keefe, the freelance investigative reporter posting as a pimp as he seeks housing assistance at various ACORN offices, he talks with Tresa Kaelke in the organization’s San Bernardino, California office. Ms. Kaelke not only boasts of killing her husband, but also of talking regularly to our state’s junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer.
Look, I doubt this Ms. Kaelke actually talks with Ma’am on a regular basis (indeed wonder if she ever has). She is likely just boasting of her access to enhance her statute.
That said, you can bet if the official of a corrupt right-wing organization with extensive ties to the GOP and to a Republican President had made such a claim, various media oulets would immediately launch an investigation. So, I ask our Golden State readers who follow local media to alert me should they see any followups to this exposé.
(NB Edited post since initially publication to improve flow.)
UPDATE: I just spoke with someone in Ma’am’s Los Angeles office who was unaware of the story. He also said there is “no record” of California’s junior Senator holding any townhall meetings. He suggested I call Mrs. Boxer’s Washington press office where I asked them if Ms. Kaelke’s contention (of regular contact with Ma’am) was accurate. They promised to get back to me. I’ll let you know as soon as I get a response.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Leah, who called Ma’am’s LA office after I did, got a response I didn’t get:
Initially I was told by the very nice guy who answered the phone that they have no comment on this. But I should know that ma’am Boxer voted against funding Acorn in the senate.
Seems our calls are having an effect.
FROM THE COMMENTS #2: Seems Ms. Kaelke wasn’t boasting about her ties with California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod . So, perhaps I was too hasty in questioning her credibility.
UP-UPDATE: Just received this from Natalie Ravitz, Senior Advisor to Mrs. Boxer:
I got your message regarding this tape of the ACORN worker “Teresa”: Not only has this woman never talked to Senator Boxer, but we’ve checked with our staff here in Washington and in each of our California offices, and no one has ever heard of her or spoken to her.