“Romney’s Balls” Found…at Scott Brown Presser

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A Massachusetts Democrat sends along this photo, from the Boston Herald, of top Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom lurking behind the scenes at a campaign press conference for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Friday in Boston:

Mark Garfinkel/Boston HeraldMark Garfinkel/Boston Herald

Two things: 1) “Lurking Fehrnstrom” should be a meme. 2) Fehrnstrom’s appearance at the presser (he was at the Thursday debate, too) comes at a time when Brown himself is going out of his way to distance himself from Fehrnstrom’s other big client, Mitt Romney. Brown distanced himself from Romney’s 47-percent remarks, and (briefly) hedged on whether he was even going to vote for his former governor in November. But it’s a lot tougher to distance yourself from Mitt Romney when Romney’s right-hand man is hanging out in your office.

Aside from that, it’s noteworthy that Fehrnstrom is still multi-tasking this late in the race, even as his top client, Romney, is finishing up his worst month of the campaign. As Jason Zengerle put it in a profile for GQ, “If Karl Rove was Bush’s brain, then Fehrnstrom is Romney’s balls.” So why are Mitt Romney’s balls chilling at a press conference about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry?

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