By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer
22 minutes ago
WASHINGTON – The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama.
Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was the creator of the video, which portrayed Clinton as a Big Brother figure and urged support for Obama’s presidential campaign.
De Vellis said he resigned from the firm on Wednesday after he learned that he was about to be unmasked by the HuffingtonPost.com., a liberal news and opinion Internet site.
Blue State designed Obama’s Web site and one of the firm’s founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama’s director of new media.
“It’s true … yeah, it’s me,” de Vellis said Wednesday evening.
He said he produced the ad outside of work and that neither Blue State nor the Obama campaign was aware of his role in the ad.
“But it raises some eyebrows, so I thought it best that I resign and not put them in that position.”
In a statement released Wednesday evening, the Obama campaign said:
“The Obama campaign and its employees had no knowledge and had nothing to do with the creation of the ad. We were notified this evening by a vendor of ours, Blue State Digital, that an employee of the company had been involved in the making of this ad. Blue State Digital has separated ties with this individual and we have been assured he did no work on our campaign’s account.”
The Clinton campaign had no immediate comment.
The connection to the Obama camp, however, poses a public relations problem for the campaign. Obama has argued that he is a different type of presidential candidate who rejects negative politics.
And the plot thickens……the impact this is going to have will be…I can’t find words for it…I just gotta hear Hillary’s response. Read how Huffingtonpost.com staffers unmasked the creator here. Read the full article here. Can you imagine the implications this has? Liberals unmasking liberals attacking other liberals….Nate?
Update by Nate 8:21pm:
The ad in question can be seen here for anyone unfamiliar with the story.
I just can’t understand why Obama is trying to distance himself from this ad. It’s a good ad, I would think a campaign would pay good money for a entertaining ad to be distributed around the web like this one. So the man made a good ad, I’d promote him, not fire him.
Of course, Obama is trying to play nice and claim they knew nothing, they probably didn’t. However, if I were Obama I’d be asking why we didn’t come up with something like this first.
As we know, a Democrat scorned by another Democrat can’t be compared to tiffs between Dems and Republicans.
Hot Air also has more on the issue.