Thugs and animals. This is the fascist party. The more folks (like the Weekly Standard) say I am exaggerating and pretend that America is what it was and the Democrats are legit, the further down the rabbit hole we go.
We are under attack by our in-house enemy. They are in power and out of control. This is thugocracy. Coakley went to DC and asked for help, and she got Obama help. Gangsta style. Chicago comes to 1600.
This election, this race with Coakley is an historical defining moment. All eyes are on Massachusetts. Will America get a reprieve, or is the fat lady warbling?
GET INVOLVED IN THE BROWN RACE -- WE HAVE SIX DAYS!Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser
A Weekly Standard reporter says he was roughed up last night outside a Washington, D.C. fund-raiser for Attorney General Martha Coakley by someone he believes is associated with her U.S. Senate campaign.
John McCormack, the magazine’s deputy online editor, writes about the incident outside the Sonoma restaurant in an online dispatch entitled: “We Report, We Get Pushed.”
According to McCormack’s account, Coakley took two questions from reporters after the event, but declined to respond to his question. McCormack wrote he asked Coakley whether she stood by statements she made during Monday’s debate about terrorists in Afghanistan.
He provided the following transcript of what happened:
“TWS: Attorney General Coakley, you said last night that there are no terrorists in Afghanistan--that they’re all in Yemen and Pakistan. Do you stand by that remark?
COAKLEY: I’m sorry, did someone else have a question?
GRIFF JENKINS, Fox News: I did. Why are you in Washington tonight?
COAKLEY: We planned an event after the primary that would be a unity event in Washington. We’re also in the middle of a very intense campaign ...”
McCormack wrote after Coakley finished her answer he followed her and asked her why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. He said she did not reply.
As he continued to walk down the street, he said a man who appeared to be associated with Coakley’s campaign pushed him into a freestanding metal rail.
“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,” he wrote.
McCormack said the man asked him whether he was with the media and he responded he works for the Weekly Standard.
His online entry includes a YouTube video of the incident, in which you can hear a man ask McCormack if he’s OK after he fell. The reporter then tangles with the same man, showing him a press credential as he tries to make his way around him.
McCormack wrote he eventually caught up to Coakley, who declined to answer his question.
He said Coakley staffers informed him they don’t know who pushed him. In an updated blog post, McCormack writes he believes he was pushed by Michael Meehan, president of Blue Line Strategic Communications in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press also identifies the man as Meehan, based on photos and videotape of the incident.
UPDATE: Check out the thug: Michael Meehan, the aide to Democrat and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who tangled with a Weekly Standard reporter, has been nominated to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
An aide to a Republican senator said, "This will certainly be an issue if the White House continues to back his nomination. The BBG works to promote freedom and stop abuse of the press overseas. What kind of message does that send dictators in Iran and Venezuela if the US promotes someone caught on tape assaulting reporters?" (more here)
Michael Meehan is an expert at communications, national media, message development and implementation, polling and election politics. For over 23 years, he has been at the epicenter of communications and policy and understands firsthand the political dynamics of campaigns and Capitol Hill. He currently serves as president of BGR Public Relations, Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company and founder of Blue Line Strategic Communications.
From Senate Chief of Staff to top political and communications posts at the three national Democratic Party Committees (DSCC, DCCC and DNC), Meehan has held positions of influence in the public policy and media relations arenas. He has worked in top advisory positions for many U.S. Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer. From 2005 thru 2007 he served as Senator Maria Cantwell's (D-WA) Chief of Staff and chief strategist of her 2006 re-election campaign.
In the House, Meehan worked for U.S. Representatives John Olver, Vic Fazio and the DCCC. Meehan’s governmental and political experiences include working on dozens of Congressional and Senate campaigns in over 25 states, two presidential campaigns, and a stint as Vice President of NARAL Prochoice America. (hat tip Pamela)
Meehan holds a BA in political science and education from Bates College and lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Tovah and daughters Meghan and Hannah
Tovah? I think I am gonna puke.
UPDATE:...hopefully, the damage done in this case is to the Coakley campaign...Despite left wing papers trying to frame McCormack's fall to the pavement as an accident, and despite Coakley claiming GOP and Scott Brown "stalking," it seems that Meehan fessed up to his behavior. (hat tip Carol)
Apology Accepted John McCormack
A remorseful Michael P. Meehan called today to apologize (see here for background).
He said: “I just want to say to you that I’m sorry. And I’d just like to apologize. I appreciate your calling me back. I don’t want to make a big federal case out of it.”
He continued: “I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were a reporter because you didn’t have any credentials, so I apologize for not knowing you were a reporter.”
I asked Meehan if he disputed anything that I wrote. “No,” he said.
I thanked Meehan for his apology.