Tea Party pal steamed at Boston Globe
The Boston Globe scrambled yesterday to scrap a blog post after former GOP presidential wannabe Michele Bachmann called it “completely false” and demanded a retraction.
The post, on Boston.com, strongly suggested that the Minnesota congresswoman planned to endorse former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney during a visit to her state yesterday after he clinched Tuesday’s Florida primary.
Bachmann had some harsh words for the Globe post, calling the report “completely false” and demanding a retraction in a statement on her website.
“Let me be absolutely clear — there are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney,” the statement said. “I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee.
Globe spokeswoman Diane McNulty said in an email last night that the original blog post was “updated to reflect” Bachmann’s statement.
However, the original post was quickly picked up and posted on several websites.
The first post read, in part: “Aides to Romney and the Minnesota congresswoman have been in conversation in recent days about securing the candidate’s endorsement by the Tea Party favorite and forceful public speaker, The Boston Globe has learned.
“The Globe was told that negotiations were still underway as late as last night, but the Romney camp stammered to explain why the GOP frontrunner would make a beeline for Minnesota — which doesn’t vote until Feb. 7 — when both Nevada and Maine are next on the calendar.”
That post was replaced shortly before noon yesterday. The new, “updated” version said Bachmann denied any plans to endorse Romney while in Minnesota, “despite a Globe online post suggesting the possibility.”
In an interview with Fox News yesterday, Bachmann said she hasn’t “made a decision about who I will endorse, or if I will endorse, before the nominee is chosen.”