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October 5, 2010, 8:25 am

Ambitious, Donald? ‘Absolutely’ Trumps ‘Certainly Not’

The Donald just offered a perfect tutorial in how a webmaster-dad-turned-twobit-politico can effectively manipulate the political press to gain maximum exposure.

The lesson came this morning, in the wake of that Cary poll the other day that purported to test voter attitudes toward a possible mayoral candidacy by Donald Hyatt.

After telling CNN this weekend that he knew nothing about the poll and that “it’s certainly not something I’ve talked about or would consider,” Mr. Hyatt said exactly the opposite on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that his is “absolutely thinking about” a mayoral run in 2011, saying that “somebody” has to do something to turn the town around.

That would be news if the poor webmaster of “Cary Politics” tossed his hat in the ring, perhaps as a third-party candidate. But is he really? Or is it all just a stunt to get political reporters to write about him, thus generating publicity for his website?

Perhaps time will tell.


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