One of John Kerry’s pre-Teresa girlfriends, Lee Roystone, has a photo scrapbook web site My John Kerry Scrapbook. (Site is now disabled, but the Dummocrats has a cached copy) Google has apparently never heard of this woman (see below) which is very odd. So too is the Hedge Fund Mistress domain name. Roystone explains that the name referrers to a novel she is offering for sale. The following is from the Hedge Fund Mistress page on Aug. 18, 2004:
I think that I should explain “Hedge Fund Mistress.” By the time John Kerry won Iowa this novel was mainly completed. There is a chapter on a character who dated a United States senator. When John won my first reaction was: What do I do now? Shelve my book? Rewrite the book? That portion of the book is crucial to the story.
It puts me in a strange situation because I do not want my personal experience with him to be twisted and I put nothing past the right wing talk show hosts – especially in such a close election (I hate Rush Limbaugh – in the book I call him “The Rash”). Anyway, I’m not really sure what to do. John may certainly read it before it goes to press for his input but, I will ultimately make the decision on what is printed.
So what’s Google have to say?
Presumably the author (or Kerry supporter) has purchased AdWords to lead search engine users to the site. Notice the text of the ad: Former John Kerry girlfriend has written a tell-all book. The problem is that there is no tell all book; there’s only a fictional story (synopsis) about a character named Nicki Mathews – conveniently available for pre-order. The Scrapbook page is a fawning tribute to John Kerry Eco-Crusader and lover. There’s not an ounce of Kerry bashing to be found, and even the rival for the senators affections and future wife Teresa is fawned over.
The cynic in me wonders if this is not a brilliant ploy to get out in front of some as yet unknown story about Kerry’s last relationship before he snagged his billionairess. Even for someone as accomplished at creative truth liberties (i.e. lies) as Kerry is, that’s a serious stretch. Based on the content and secret ad campaign what we’re probably seeing is a scam job by this Lee Roystone to grab some free publicity to hawk her lame novels. Such a scam certainly doesn’t lend credence to the veracity of the “scrapbook” material either…
Update: David checked the domains Whois record and found that it was registered to Lee Whitnum. Google has never heard of her either, but guess which ad shows up when you do that search? View Google search for Lee Whitnum.
Update 2: The site has been disabled (Google cache to the rescue), the author is now claiming that she’s received 500 hate e-mails, and that she was just trying to promote her book.
Final verdict: Scam