Ashley Todd a Paulista?

The College Republican volunteer who perpetrated the Pennsylvania hoax appears to be a former Ron Paul supporter:

Ms. Todd’s job as a field representative for the College Republican National Committee brought her to Pittsburgh about two weeks ago to recruit college students. She had worked for the committee since August. Yesterday, the organization fired her.
Ashley Barbera, the organization’s communications director, said workers initially were concerned for Ms. Todd’s safety.
“We are as upset as anyone to learn of her deceit. Ashley must take full responsibility for her actions,” she said.
In March, Ms. Todd was asked to leave a grass-roots group of Ron Paul supporters in Brazos County, Texas, group leader Dustan Costine said. He said Ms. Todd posed as a supporter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and called the local Republican committee seeking information about its campaign strategies.
“She would call the opposing campaign and pretend she was on their campaign to get
information,” Mr. Costine said last night. “We had to remove her because of the tactics she displayed. After that we had nothing to do with her.”
About a month earlier, he said, Ms. Todd sent an e-mail to the Ron Paul group saying her tires were slashed and that campaign paraphernalia had been stolen from her car because she supported Mr. Paul.
“She’s the type of person who wants to be recognized,” Mr. Costine said.

A Paulista volunteering on the McCain campaign? I’d advise her lawyer to try an insanity plea. “Extreme ideological instability” might not be be recognized as a mental disorder in the DSM-IV, but . . .

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