Sub Rosa

By AL DIAMON  |  January 5, 2011

A couple of weeks later, Scarcelli was calling for a middle-of-the-road approach. "Having to appeal to voters from a broader political spectrum would both encourage candidates to embody more moderate positions than the extremes of either party," she wrote, "and reduce the effectiveness of negative campaign tactics designed to energize their partisan base."

Let's get real. Scarcelli's former political adviser, Dennis Bailey, has admitted he and another person he won't identify (but who looks suspiciously like Rhoads) are behind "The Secret File." Bailey has also confessed he lied to reporters about his involvement, because he was working on another gubernatorial campaign at the time and didn't want to embarrass that candidate. In addition, Bailey has credited his unnamed co-author with doing the extensive research into Cutler's moral, ethical, and political shortcomings, a job that even Cutler has admitted was professional.

Scarcelli is asking the public to believe that while all this was going on, she was so busy managing affordable housing, doing radio interviews, writing columns, and laying the groundwork for a Senate race that she never noticed her husband and Bailey were engaged in activities that directly contradicted a lot of what she was saying about transparency and avoiding negative campaigning.

I'm finding that just the slightest bit incredible.

What seems easier to accept is that Scarcelli, her spouse, and her closest political associate are devious creatures, intent on enhancing her image as a moderate, witty, and thoughtful outsider, while simultaneously conducting clandestine attacks on anybody who stands in her way.

Which leads me to wonder: How long before we see a website called "The Secret File on Olympia Snowe"?

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