New-style scandal fixer helps Rick Perry, Herman Cain

December 15, 2011

The Huffington Post dispatched a reporter to Texas this summer to investigate rumors about Rick Perry’s personal life, hoping for an irresistible story about hypocrisy.

Enter Lin Wood.

Retained by Perry’s gubernatorial campaign committee, the acclaimed libel lawyer fired off a letter to the website in August, threatening to sue if the story ran – an aggressive response even for a candidate whose aides later admitted they entered Def Con 9 mode when long-circulating rumors began to swirl anew as Perry prepared to run for president.