GOP Senate candidate booted from room for blasting reporter who wrote ‘blah blah’

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A GOP Senate candidate from Oregon was kicked out of a news conference after calling out a reporter for disrespecting another candidate.

Staffers and reporters from Willamette Week, an alt-weekly newspaper, met with Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidates seeking an endorsement.

Candidate Mark Callahan noticed one reporter writing “blah blah blah” on his notepad while candidate Jo Rae Perkins gave an answer to a question over the phone, reported Friday.

“You want to talk about disrespect? I see what you’re writing down there,” Mr. Callahan said to the reporter. “You just wrote down ‘blah blah blah’ for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectful woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing ‘blah blah blah’ on your notepad?”

The Mediator, who is not visible in the video footage of the incident, then chided Mr. Callahan. He said they would move on to the next question, “and if you answer respectfully—”

“You have to give respect in order to get respect,” Mr. Callahan responded. “Right now, on that side of the table you’re not giving very much respect to the five of us and our time here.”

The mediator went on the ask Mr. Callahan if he believes climate change is a myth or reality.

“It’s a myth,” he responded.

The reporter who wrote ‘blah blah blah’ in his notes then asked Mr. Callahan condescendingly, “where are you on the Easter bunny?”

Then Mr. Callahan replied: “Are these really the questions I was called here to answer? I called you out for putting ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad and now you’re asking me questions like this? Really? Are we talking about this now?”

The mediators tried to talk over Mr. Callahan insisting that they move on to the next question.

“Okay how about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question,” he said.

The mediator scolded the candidate saying that if he did not let him move on to the next question he would be asked to leave. “That’s two strikes,” the meeting leader said.

“Who do you think you are?” Mr. Callahan asked. He was then asked to leave.

“You’re done here. This is neither a fair or balanced meeting. This is a meeting for us to decide…”

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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor’s degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website “ITPro” ...

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