Buzzfeed has an article about the implosion of one of the top conservative media consulting firms, Strategy Group for Media, whose clients included Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich and a large number of Tea Party groups. Here’s one fascinating little tidbit:
And an email thread from May 29 — after the three managers were fired — featured Strategy Group’s former voter-contact consultant P.J. Wenzel making reference to Elsass sending “female pleasure machines” to Bachmann. The emails don’t elaborate on the incident, but one person familiar with the story told BuzzFeed that Elsass had intended to give Bachmann a vibrating head massager to help alleviate her migraines, and that the employee he sent to buy the gift accidentally purchased something that more closely resembled a sex toy — and sent it to her office.
Tyler denied said the item in question was purchased at Brookstone and was not a sex toy, but he declined to provide further information about the product. (Brookstone announced in 2011 that it had begun selling “pleasure objects.”)
The person familiar with the story said the firm successfully retrieved the gift before Bachmann could open it.
That’s probably good news. They may not have gotten it back if she’d opened it.