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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
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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:

Coakley Fundraiser: APCoakley Fundraiser: AP

(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

  • President Blue LIne Strategic Communications, Inc.

    (Privately Held; Public Relations and Communications industry)

    April 2009 — Present (10 months)

  • Senior Vice President Virilion

    (Privately Held; Internet industry)

    January 2008 — Present (2 years 1 month)

    Digital media company

  • President Meehan Strategies

    (Privately Held; Myself Only; Political Organization industry)

    January 2007 — Present (3 years 1 month)

  • President BGR Public Relations, LLC

    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    March 2008 — July 2009 (1 year 5 months)

  • Chief of Staff U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

    (Government Administration industry)

    January 2005 — January 2008 (3 years 1 month)

  • Chief Strategist Cantwell 2006

    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    January 2005 — November 2006 (1 year 11 months)

  • Senior Advisor John Kerry for President

    (Non-Profit; 1001-5000 employees; Political Organization industry)

    November 2003 — November 2004 (1 year 1 month)

  • Vice President NARAL Pro-Choice America

    (Online Media industry)

    2003 — 2003 (less than a year)

  • Director Message and Polling Democratic National Committee

    (Online Media industry)

    2001 — 2003 (2 years )

  • Political Director Office of Senator Tom Daschle/Office of Democratic Leader

    (Online Media industry)

    1997 — 2003 (6 years )

  • National Political Director US Senator Thomas Daschle

    (Online Media industry)

    1997 — 2001 (4 years )

  • Communications Director John Kerry for US Senate

    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    1995 — 1997 (2 years )

  • Communications Director U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Washington D.C.

    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    1995 — 1995 (less than a year)

  • KY press secretary Dukakis/Bentsen Presidential Campaign

    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    1988 — 1988 (less than a year)

Michael Meehan’s Education

  • Bates College

    1982 — 1986

  • American University

    Washington Semester 1985

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