Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee?
Or just a really good lookalike?
2:15 AM, Jan 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan.
Meehan heads up a firm called Blue Line Strategic Communications along with his partner David DiMartino, who was outside the fundraiser with Coakley tonight and introduced himself to me there. The AP reported on Monday that Meehan is also working for Coakley: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also dispatched Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, to assist the Coakley camp with messaging."
Though I can't say with 100 percent certainty, I think that Meehan is the man who shoved me into a metal railing Tuesday night. You can get the best look at him at about the 30-second mark of this video, and in this AP photo:
(Martha Coakley, left, looks on as the alleged aggressor Meehan approaches me to help me up after he knocked me down. Note the large tear in the bottom of my right pant leg.)
Compare that photo with these two images of Meehan that I found online:
Hopefully we'll be able to confirm in the morning whether or not Meehan was the aggressor. Below the fold is a list from LinkedIn of Meehan's prior work experience, which includes work for John Kerry, Maria Cantwell, NARAL, the DNC, and the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign.
Michael Meehan’s Experience
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