And the Author of O: A Presidential Novel Is...

...Mark Salter!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 9:29 AM CST
Mark Salter, left, and Greg Wendt, senior advisers to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talk as they arrive with McCain in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – The anonymous author of O: A Presidential Novel didn’t stay anonymous for long: It’s none other than McCain speechwriter Mark Salter, sources confirm to Time. Page Six had previously guessed Salter could be the author, and there were some hints, writes Mark Halperin: Salter “has been holed up in Maine,” publisher Jonathan Karp had previously worked with Salter (and the descriptions he gave of the author matched Salter), there’s a story in the book that only a McCain campaign insider could have known, and “Salter's non-denial denial was the closest to a confession of any suspect who was publicly asked.” Click for a review of the book.

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