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TruthAboutRubio vanishes amid questions to 'rheffley'



UPDATE: Well, now the site is back up and running -- accessible even to reporters/bloggers...

So much for the truthaboutrubio Web site. Launched this morning, it had press clippings that attempted to portray former House Speaker Marco Rubio as a less-than-desirable candidate against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Republican U.S. Senate race.

But then this guy from got involved and wondered whether lobbyist/GOP campaign-meister Rich Heffley was behind it, noting: "A RedState reader prowled through the source code for the anti-Rubio website and found an interesting file that comes up. Here’s the source code for one of the images: img src=”///Users/rheffley/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/moz-screenshot.png” alt=”" / "

So we asked lobbyist Heffley, whose office is in the Tallahassee RPOF building and who is paid by the RPOF as a consultant. Heffley played coy but wouldn't confirm or deny his involvement. Five minutes later, the site was shut down. It now says "This blog is protected, to view it you must log in."

TruthAboutRubio, we hardly knew ya'!

Rich Text Area.

Asked about the website and whether his campaign were involved, Crist said "not that I'm aware of."

Have you seen it?

"Yeah. Yeah. I saw it on the Sayfiereview. I think it was a Times (Buzz) blog," Crist said, noting that all the press clippings were "all in the public domain."

What about Heffley's potential involvement?

"I don't know that it's verified," Crist said.


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