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The hosts of the Vancouver fundraiser Blumenthal flew to were...

George Will does not think much of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, running for the U.S. Senate against wrestling impresaria Linda McMahon. In today's column, Will provides telling examples of Blumenthal's penchant for falsehood.

On MSNBC he intimated that he would not take "special interest" or PAC money, promising fundraising "from ordinary citizens." But he flew to Vancouver, British Columbia, for a PAC fundraising event for him and 11 other Democratic Senate candidates. Blumenthal said it was not for Harry Reid. Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie reports that the invitation to the event and documents filed with the Federal Election Commission say Reid was among the beneficiaries. Blumenthal says it was an opportunity to discuss problems "affecting ordinary people." Rennie says the top ticket price was $43,200.

Oh, to be George Will's editor. The fundraiser that Blumenthal flew took place at the annual convention of the American Association for Justice, most definitely not "ordinary citizens." More like a special interest, but in any case, a connection that needed to be made.

Attendance at the fundraiser quickly became a point of attack in the Senate races in Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, and elsewhere.

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