Conservative lawyer Edward Whelan catapulted himself into the news Thursday after circulating a baseless conspiracy theory claiming that Christine Blasey Ford could have misremembered her alleged assaulter. On a Twitter thread that quickly went viral, Whelan argued that Ford could have mixed up Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh with another Georgetown Prep classmate. He’s since issued a tweet apologizing.
I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 21, 2018
Yet the theory garnered mass national attention and even a segment on Friday morning’s Fox & Friends. But Whelan isn’t some anonymous conspiracy internet troll—he’s a longtime fixture of the Washington GOP political machine. Here’s the lowdown on the controversial figure’s District connections:
Government Connections: Friend of the Federalist Society and Leonard Leo, assisted in advising on Kavanaugh’s confirmation team, former law clerk for Antonin Scalia in early ’90s, general counsel to Senate Judiciary in the ’90s, advisor to White House counsel in Bush Administration from ’01-’04, reportedly a close friend of Kavanaugh
Education: Harvard Law School, graduated 1985
Neighborhood: Tara-Leeway Heights in Arlington, far away from the “city plagued by gun violence” Kavanaugh grew up in, aka Bethesda.