"Democratic House candidate conspiratorially alleges that Keith Olbermann is working with P&G to defeat him. (Update: P&G responds)"
Last Thursday, ThinkProgress highlighted the racial comments of David Krikorian, a Democrat running for Congress in Ohio. Krikorian reportedly said his primary opponent, Surya Yalamanchili, can’t possible win “with a name like that.” The following night, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Krikorian his “worst person in the world.” In an interview with John Wellington Ennis this weekend, Krikorian wildly asserted that a vast conspiracy of corporate and progressive forces are aligning against him:
KRIKORIAN: Keith Olbermann is a buffoon for not checking his sources, for not even bothering to check. But here’s one thing I will state for the record: Last night’s program was sponsored by Procter & Gamble’s Oil of Olay brand, which is the exact brand that Surya Yalamanchili worked for. So how did they cover that story last night? Because I’m sure that Keith Olbermann is not reading the Cincinnati press. So our folks think that the Oil of Olay brand people – Procter and Gamble in particular – were advancing their former employee. And that’s how it got in there. […]
I think [Olbermann] was reading from his script. So somehow that got put in there. And how did it get put in there? Well, look at the relationship between the story and the show’s sponsor. I think it’s pretty clear how it got in there.
After taking a shot at Olbermann, Krikorian next targeted progressive bloggers for reporting the story. “Some of these blogs are run by, you know, kids who still live in their mom’s basements,” Krikorian said. “I’m not too worried about what some of these goofballs have to say.” Watch it:
For the record, none of ThinkProgress’ bloggers live in our moms’ basements (not that there’s anything wrong with that). We reached out to P&G for comment, but have yet to hear back. Ohio voters will head to the polls tomorrow to determine whether Krikorian or Yalamanchili will earn the right to take on Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) in November’s general election.
In a statement issued to ThinkProgress, Robyn M. Schroeder — a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble — said the company does not endorse candidates:
Due to company policy, we are unable to comment on our current advertising placements. However, I can share that we have a long-standing policy of not using company resources to advance any candidate for office. I also know that the P&G PAC (which is not company resources, it is employee funds) has not provided support to Mr. Yalamanchili.