Reporter Martha Coakley Intimates Is “Stalker” Had Cops Called On Him By Dede Scozzofava (Updated)
When Massachusetts US Senate candidate Martha Coakley says she’s being hounded by GOP stalkers, she’s referring to an incident where John McCormack of the conservative Weekly Standard conducted aggressive questioning. McCormack says Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffer Michael Meehan owes him a pair of pants for pushing him to the ground after Coakley refused to answer a question, and as he trailed her down a Washington street trying to ask another question.
After Coakley finished her answer, she began walking away from the restaurant, and I walked behind her asking why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. She didn’t reply.
As I walked down the street, a man who appeared to be associated with the Coakley campaign pushed me into a freestanding metal railing. I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street.
After that scuffle, McCormack continued to trail Coakley, who politely informed him, “We’re done, thanks.”
Interestingly, as TBOGG reports, McCormack had a similar run in with Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, who called the cops on him after a dinner in upstate New York.
…after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. “Yes, yes I do,” she replied.
At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign’s spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. “What kind of taxes?” she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.
I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: ” Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?” She didn’t reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.
After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening’s events.
Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because “there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation” and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.
UPDATE: Michael Meehan has issued this statement:
“Last evening I was a little too aggressive in trying to help the Attorney General get to her car and catch a flight.
“I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence. As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK.
“I talked with Mr. McCormack this afternoon and apologized for my part.”Click here for reuse options!
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