Posted by: tazlmo | October 25, 2008

McCain Volunteer Fakes Racist Attack


With all the race baiting speeches delivered by the McCain campaign it is no wonder that a McCain campaign worker decided to take the issue one step further. Ashley Todd, a 20 year-old college student from College Station, Texas living in Philadelphia, admitted Friday that her story regarding a brutal attack was false.


Todd, a McCain campaign volunteer in Pittsburgh originally reported that a 6’4” black man robbed her at an ATM machine, took the money she withdrew, and then carved a “B” on her cheek when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car.  Todd reported that the attacker yelled he was going “to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter,” as he beat her.


What first sounded like a horrible attack garnered speculation this morning when Pittsburgh police reported that Ms. Todd would undergo a polygraph test to clear up inconsistencies in her story. The apparent inconsistencies included divergent stories; as well as photo and ATM record evidence that disputed the victim’s story.


A subsequent story conflicted with the first when Todd indicated that the attack actually occurred before she reached the bank, and that she was accosted near her car. The one consistent theme in both stories was the scary 6’4” black man and the backwards “B” scratched on her cheek.  

Maurita Bryant, the assistant chief of the Pittsburgh police department’s investigations division, said Todd is being charged with making a false police report.  The police say Todd eventually told the truth because she was upset the story was being blown into a “political firestorm” by media. One has to wonder exactly what she expected would happen when she made up the story to begin with.

Pictures of the woman’s wound show the victim with a black eye and what appears to be a backwards “B” scratched on her cheek.  “It’s not like her cheek was carved out,” a police representative said. “It’s more like a scrape or a scratch.”

This fabricated story provides further insight into the motivations of McCain supporters, who feel the race card is a viable option to play during this election year.  It is sad, however, that we have not moved beyond using black men as the scary boogie men in our culture.

Sources: The Associated Press, Police: McCain volunteer changes ATM attack story, JOE MANDAK, October, 25, 2008. CBS News, Cops: McCain Worker Made Up Attack Story, October 25, 2008. The Washington Post, McCain Volunteer’s Claim of Attack Unravelled, Online and Off, Jose Antonio Vargas, October 24, 2008. The Associated Press, Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story, JOE MANDAK, October 24, 2008.







  1. How pathetic. I guess there’s one in every crowd.

    Not that I would put anything one McCain for some crazed loon’s actions. After all, I doubt McCain knows her any length of time, 20 years or 1 second.

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