Ever hear about the old LBJ trick where he spreads a rumor about someone having carnal knowledge of barnyard animals. "I don't care if anyone believes it, I just want the SOB to deny it."
Well, Jim Gibbons is no LBJ. First he tells the press he "heard" a rumor that the Democrats paid a Wall Street Journal reporter to dig up dirt on him. The next day, he claims he doesn't believe the rumors. But we got two days of stories where his opponent for governor Dina Titus has to deny she had anything to do with it, like any poor small-state Democrat could get the conservative WSJ to trash a Republican.
But Gibbons can't pull this trick off very well, because he can't shut his mouth. Take a look at this part of the story:
(Gibbons) said he did find it strange that the Wall Street Journal would travel to Elko to cover a debate between him and Democratic contender Dina Titus during last year's gubernatorial campaign. He said he is pretty sure one of his staff members told him about the rumors.
Why would Gibbons think that the WSJ reporter was covering the debate? This debate was 10 days before the first WSJ story about Gibbons helping his buddy Warren Trepp snag defense contracts. Why was that reporter in Elko? Could it be he was asking Gibbons about his relationship with Trepp, quotes that were used in the later story?
Sorry, but Gibbons had to know that the reporter was there to grill him about the Trepp story, not about the debate.
Some follow-up questions for Gibbons would be when he heard about the rumor, and what did that WSJ ask him about in Elko?