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Team O'Donnell Tells TPM: 'We're Still Figuring Out What To Do' On Disputed LinkedIn Profile


"We don't know," Merola told me when I asked him if he thought something malicious was behind the profile. "I don't want to speculate."

Merola said that the campaign was investigating the profile but gave no insights into what that investigation looks like. "We're considering all our options now," he said. "We haven't made a decision on what we're gonna do just yet."

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Greg Sargent, who first reported on the LinkedIn profile, wrote today that the O'Donnell camp expressed no concern over the profile's provenance until today. I asked Merola why O'Donnell officials didn't dismiss it as a fake right away.

"All I know is what the statement is," he said. "I can't give you anything beyond what the statement is."

Late Update: LinkedIn took down the profile and gave Sargent this explanation:

"We have taken the profile down. That's all we are confirming," LinkedIn spokesperson Shannon Stubo emailed me. "It was taken down in response to Christine O'Donnell's request. This is not an acknowledgment that the profile was fake."