Team Trump Launches Preemptive Strike Against Team Allred
On Wednesday I theorized that Donald Trump’s anti-climatic announcement was designed to hold the threat of a document dump over Gloria Allred’s head. Trump is getting slammed by the left and the right for his silly publicity stunt, but by golly, I think I was right.
Here’s how I think this botched October surprise went down:
In a private meeting not too long ago, Gloria Allred agreed to help Barry get re-elected. Gloria’s confidence in her ability to assist Barry was bolstered by recent successes reeking havoc on the Herman Cain and Meg Whitman campaigns. So Gloria set out to find a “Mitt victim,” a credible female who could tearfully accuse Mitt Romney of some kind of egregious wrongdoing. Ideally the offense would involve sex — an affair or harassment — but at minimum maybe she’d find an illegal Mexican worker who had been abused by the Romneys during the construction of their California home. Whatever, you get the idea.
Much to her frustration, my theory goes, Gloria could not find any dirt on Mitt, not even a tenuous claim separated by six degrees of outrage. As a last resort, Gloria teamed up with Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, the ex-wife of one of Mitt’s Staples business partners, Tom Stemberg. It’s no secret that Ms. Stemberg, who is rumored to be an anti-Mormon bigot, is still bitter about her 25-year-old divorce, and I suspect that she relished the opportunity to expose her ex-husband to more negative publicity while at the same time damaging Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The claim would be that Mitt misrepresented the financial status of Staples in order to help his partner Tom.
To set up the October surprise, Gloria would need to get the divorce records unsealed and a gag order lifted. Since she’s not licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, The Boston Globe (formerly a paper of some journalistic repute) agreed to provide legal representation to help with the task, and they set about putting the motions in place.
Meanwhile, Matt Drudge got wind that Gloria was planning an October surprise and tweeted it to the world on Oct. 18, setting off a flurry of speculation about the scandal Gloria would dump on Mitt’s campaign. Enter Donald Trump.
On Oct. 21, Trump announced that he had his own October surprise, something “very very big” that he would be announcing on Oct. 24. And this is where the story picks up with my Wednesday post. I believe that Trump’s announcement was a preemptive strike against Team Gloria. Whether he actually has Obama records in his possession or not (and it would not surprise me if he did), the highly promoted “offer” to give a charity $5 million in exchange for Obama’s records is a threat: “you mess with Mitt and I’ll mess with Barry.”
Did it work? You tell me:
8:20 AM PT — During a news conference, Gloria accused the Boston Globe of pulling a “double-cross” because she says the paper abandoned its motion to have the gag order against Maureen Sullivan Stemberg lifted.
Demonstrating that he’s both smart and transparent, Mitt issued a statement this week saying that he had no objection to his testimony in the divorce case being usealed. The kicker, though, is that Ms. Stemberg is still bound by the gag order.
Check mate, Team Trump.