The man who wrote a controversial, anonymous story about hooking up with Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has been outed.
On Thursday, Gawker published a rather smarmy first-person story from an anonymous man who claimed he went to a Halloween party with O'Donnell three years ago. The tale says they went back to his place afterwards, made out for a bit, but did not have sex. And that was the end of their "relationship."
The man also provided pictures of that night with O'Donnell in her ladybug costume. Gawker admits it paid in the "low four figures" for the story.
The man was certainly hoping to remain anonymous, but now his former roommate has revealed his name -- it's Dustin Dominiak, a 28-year-old Philadelphia man.
At first, the roommate, Brad Kurisko, was accused of being the writer, because O'Donnell's 'date' was wearing a Boy Scout uniform, and Kurisko works for the Boy Scouts. But Kurisko told The Smoking Gun it was not him, that it was Dominiak.
The O'Donnell campaign responded to the story with a statement from Communications Director Doug Sachtleben:
"This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine's political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race."
The National Organization for Women also rushed to O'Donnell's defense.
"NOW repudiates Gawker's decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment," said NOW president Terry O'Neill. "And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O'Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere."