By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of Congressional wannabe Matt Doheny in what appears to be a steamy makeout sesh with a GOP campaign consultant — who isn’t his fiancee.
We spent the better part of the afternoon yesterday trying to extend the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Doheny with the hopes of being able to prove that maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t making out with the consultant, Monica Notzon.
We examined the photo — looked at it from different angles thinking “maybe they’re just talking…really, really (really) closely. We corresponded with Doheny’s campaign, which offered us nothing (on the record, anyway) but the same far-fetched response it’s given other media outlets. Hell, we even sent Maureen O’Connor over at Gawker — where the photos were first published — a somewhat nasty email hoping she’d offer up some evidence that perhaps people were looking too far into what really is just an innocent photo of two friends enjoying a night out.
Then we saw the video, and have come to one conclusion: it’s impossible to give this guy the benefit of the doubt on this one — if Doheny and Notzon weren’t sucking face, we don’t know what they were doing.
The photo, which you can see here, was taken last week during the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Washington “candidate school” at a Bobby Van’s, a popular D.C. steakhouse — likely by a Democratic operative (which we pressed O’Connor about in our email).
Notzon claims the two are “just friends,” but doesn’t specifically say they weren’t engaged in some hot makeout.
Jude Seymour, Doheny’s campaign spokesman, told us yesterday she’d put us in touch with the candidate, but he’d only direct us to the campaign’s official statement on the alleged smooch, in which the campaign refers to O’Connor as an “irresponsible blogger” who “played right into the hands of Democratic operatives by manufacturing a story about two photographs that only she believes suggests impropriety between Matt Doheny and a female friend.”
Well, it’s not “only” O’Connor who’s convinced; after 24 hours of digesting the photo — looking for any reasonable explanation for it other than the two were sucking face — and then catching an even more damning video clip of the two (which you can see below), we’re fairly sure that if Doheny and Notzon weren’t making out, then he must have been searching for leftover bits of steak…in her mouth…with his tongue.
It seems the only person buying Doheny’s apparent whopper is his fiancee, Mary Reidy, who says the wedding is still on. Invitations will be sent out next week — we’ll go ahead and assume Maureen O’Connor won’t be receiving one.