Officials with the Christine O'Donnell campaign told me today they don't know who or what is behind what O'Donnell claims is a false LinkedIn profile that's become the source of a whole ton of negative publicity for Delaware's Republican Senate nominee. One high-level official, who spoke on background before referring me to the communications staff, was quick to mention past instances where, the official said, false information about O'Donnell has been posted by her enemies in the hopes of tarnishing her image before the primary. The campaign's communications guy, Chris Merola, told me that the campaign is still deciding how to proceed with setting the record straight.
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The LinkedIn account appears to be down as of this posting, but no one at the campaign immediately responded to requests for comment on the status of the profile.
O'Donnell disavowed the public profile -- which links her to at least two institutions of higher education that she did not attend -- in a statement released to reporters earlier today. When I asked where the profile could have come from, the campaign official offered no potential source but pointed out past instances when he said O'Donnell's enemies in the state GOP had posted disparaging comments about her on the internet under false names.