O'Keefe Hinted at New Orleans 'Project' Days Before Arrest

Told conservative think tank to 'stay tuned'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 6:00 AM CST
James O'Keefe walks out of the St. Bernard Parish jail in Chalmette, La., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – Four days before James O'Keefe was charged with tampering with Sen. Mary Landrieu's office phones, the conservative activist hinted that he had a new, high-profile "project going in New Orleans." Speaking about the mystery project at a conservative think tank last Thursday, O'Keefe "alluded to the fact that we would all find out real soon," an audience member tells the AP. "And we did."

Members of O'Keefe's audience at the luncheon at the Pelican Institute in New Orleans said he refused to elaborate on the project, instead telling them to "stay tuned." Luncheon attendees said they assumed the project had something to do with ACORN. "I never thought it was going to be this," one attendee said. "It's bizarre, because the guy is not stupid."

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