Cookie Jar Game UPdate

Looks like a Republican stole a cookie from the cookie jar after all (see previous post here). Read all about it at Powerline.

Mel Martinez, Florida Freshman Senator, says:

“…he discovered Wednesday that the memo had been written by an aide in his office. “It is with profound disappointment and regret that I learned today that a senior member of my staff was unilaterally responsible for this document,” Martinez said.”

That staff member has resigned.

In a truly embarrassing state of affairs, Martinez says that he himself handed the memo to Harkin, not realizing what was in his pocket. How do these guys get elected?

Martinez, in his statement, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, had asked for background information on the bill ordering a federal court to review the Schiavo case.

He said he pulled a one-page document from his coat pocket and handed to Harkin. “Unbeknownst to me … I had given him a copy of the now infamous memo.”

He said Harkin had called him earlier Wednesday to say he believes the memo had been given to him by Martinez. The Florida senator said he then ordered an internal investigation in his office.

Powerline points out that this latest story is still different in several important particulars from the previous versions reported by the press, particularly those versions where the press

“attributed the “talking points memo” to “Republican officials” and “party leaders…”

Nonetheless, it is my view that this is a story that does no one any credit, and I must excuse myself to go and wash the egg from my face.

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