New Orleans, Louisiana--This story is going to be one for the ages. At this point, it becoming very unclear which side the story tends. Did someone try to send Stormy Daniels political adviser Brian Welsh (a Democratic adviser) a message not to run in Louisiana's senatorial race against David Vitter, or did the man have car troubles? There appear to be no solid answers.
According to TPM today by way of the N.O.F.D.:
"It was a fire. The car didn't explode," said Public Information Officer Jonathan Pajeaud. An arson investigation is underway and foul play hasn't been ruled out. But, Pajeaud said, Welsh told firefighters he'd recently gotten electrical work done on his1996 Audi, and investigators are also looking into that as a possible cause." (New Orleans Fire Dept: Car Of Porn Star's Political Adviser Did Not Explode," Talking Points Memo, 07.29.2009: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/2009/07/new-orleans-fire-dept-car-of-welsh-didnt-explode.php)
We might know in two weeks what actually happened, or not. Just two days later, Daniels herself was arrested for domestic abuse of her husband. Mmm-hmm.
It appears in the Talking Points Memo piece that only the N.O.F.D. is investigating, but in the AP coverage this seems less certain:
New Orleans police and the FBI did not immediately comment.
Welsh said he had no suspects, but feared someone caused the explosion.
"Maybe there is a reason, more of an intentional reason for the car blowing up," Welsh said. "I want to get more facts."
Welsh said he was uncertain if the explosion was connected to his work with Daniels.
"Clearly, if someone tried to blow up my car, it's cause for concern; it's not cause for me to stop doing my job, stop me from talking about the things that are important," Welsh said. "If anybody had been walking by when that car blew up, they would have been seriously injured or killed."
"I really wish this had not happened," Welsh, 38, said. "I need a car."("Porn star mulling La. Senate race has a tough week," AP, 07.29.2009: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hyLJlwzURe_3jwj6ltFjyPW0TcRAD99OB45O0)
Hey, don’t we all need a good car? Wake me up when someone knows what’s happening here…