While her hoax was far less elaborate and time-consuming than Audrey Seiler's, she got points for the high level of attention she attracted from the public, the media and even her chosen candidates (McCain and Palin both reportedly called her to express their sympathy before she confessed the truth).
Friday, October 24, 2008
And the 2008 Audrey Seiler Award Goes to...
Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer (and former Ron Paul supporter) from Texas who tried to bait the rednecks in western Pennsylvania by claiming to be mugged by a black male McCain-hater in Pittsburgh. She added verisimiltude by blackening both of her eyes and carving a "B" on her cheek. Unfortunately, she used mirror-writing. She also claimed the incident occurred in front of an ATM, oblivious to the fact that there are usually survelliance cameras posted in front of ATMs.