The president and general counsel of a super PAC said on Friday that his group – backed by Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts – had no role in a $10 million plan to closely tie President Obama to incendiary comments made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
“We had no input into that,” Brian Baker, of the Ending Spending Action Fund, said on Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“We didn’t author this plan or this proposal,” Baker added. “We didn't commission anything based on Rev. Wright.”
Baker said the proposal was presented by Republican strategist Fred Davis to him and two Ricketts family members last week in Chicago. The plan, which was to be presented during the Democratic National Convention in August, was reported on Thursday by The New York Times.
Republican Mitt Romney has said he would “repudiate” the effort.
“Mr. Ricketts and his family would never do anything to divide this country socially or culturally,” Baker said, referring to the baseball-club owner.
“His policy is based on restoring economic responsibility to our country. That's why it's deeply troubling and unfair to the Ricketts family.”
Baker said he never discussed the plan with Ricketts. His super PAC sought a strategy that was “based on spending and fiscal responsibility, jobs and the economy — not anything based on these types of matters,” he said.
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