In the message, dated early Tuesday afternoon, Luke Bernstein, coalitions coordinator for the Bush campaign in Pennsylvania, wrote: "The Bush-Cheney '04 national headquarters in Virginia has asked us to identify 1,600 `Friendly Congregations' in Pennsylvania where voters friendly to President Bush might gather on a regular basis."
In each targeted "place of worship," Mr. Bernstein continued, without mentioning a specific religion or denomination, "we'd like to identify a volunteer who can help distribute general information to other supporters." He explained: "We plan to undertake activities such as distributing general information/updates or voter registration materials in a place accessible to the congregation."
The e-mail message was provided to The New York Times by a group critical of President Bush.
Weird: I wonder which "group" this was. It appears that anyone at all could have submitted the message for the Times' perusal; in fact, a "friend" of AmCop
received this message (and receives all the Bush campaign mass-emails). Is it that easy to get a story on the front-page of the Times--just forward them the goods? Now that it has its hands on this hot scoop, maybe the Times wants to start paying closer attention to other things the Bushies have been saying in their campaign emails...