Skip to comments.Hatch gets defensive over questions about Dutcher (Calls a reporter a GOP whore)
Posted on 11/03/2006 9:14:54 AM PST by MplsSteve
Mike Hatchs aggressive reputation showed through Thursday for one of the few times in this years heated gubernatorial race.
Hatch lashed out at Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Republicans for attacking his running mate, Judi Dutcher, over a recent incident in which the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lieutenant governor candidate appeared to know nothing about E-85 ethanol.
This governor is afraid to debate me on issues, said Hatch, the current attorney general who recent polls show is narrowly leading Pawlenty in the governors race. He wants to beat up on a woman.
Hatchs anger overflowed during a Thursday morning telephone interview.
A Forum Communications reporter asked Hatch about Dutchers knowledge of ethanol and why she wasnt available to discuss the issue. Hatch abruptly ended the interview with: Youre nothing more than a Republican whore. Goodbye. He then hung up.
(Excerpt) Read more at duluthnewstribune.com ...
Angry, testy, pushy, hostile...yes, that's him.
He's done well at suppressing it thru the campaign - but now it looks like it has caught up to him.
I don't care whether the reporter was a man or woman - you don't call someone a "whore".
Comments or opinions - anyone?
I wonder what kind of thank-you gift Gov. Pawlenty is sending him? [grin]
The more dims that get in front of a camera before election day, the more seats they'll lose.
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We could use some of those GOP Whore reporters here in Iowa. Send 'em on down.
Tony Snow needs to get this "whore" in the WH press room.
Which would make it 1 GOP Whore against 100 DNC Whores!
Like Rush says, it doesn't take long for them to be reduced to name calling if they are confronted with the facts.
you would think she'd at least know her running mate's stance on E85. geez, big booty Judi, get on the same page. Love it or hate it,it's only a 1.5 BILLION dollar industry in MN and if she ever fueled her own car, she'd see it on nearly every pump.
The papers are pretty quiet about the polls. I wonder what they actually are at this point.
He wants to beat up on a woman.
Now, now. How's that going to go over with the women's lib crowd? Sounds like he's trying to protect the little woman.
It looks like KARE 11 and KSTP 5 are covering the story. You know, if it was a Republican candidate who didn't know what E85 was, or called someone a "Democrat whore," it would make the front page of the Strib in a huge-letter headline. Hmm...
"Pimp Hatch calls reporter whore!" bump.
Yeah, Hatch is a dope. I will say that he's a champ compared to previous DFL candidates though; John Marty anyone?
The Red Star would be all over this story if it involved a GOP candidate.
This paper has done its utmost to clear a smooth path for all their DFL favorites. It's disgusting. They stopped being a newspaper.
They're now an operating subsidiary of the state DFL party.
Okay, you scared me. I thought Orin Hatch had morphed into a trash talker!
Looks like the dims have October-surprised themselves, LOL! It's fun watching them implode without any help from Republicans.
I heard Kennedy may be closing the gap. Tuesday might be a long night!
Can you imagine the headline had a Republican called a reporter a "Democratic Whore"? And yet, this is the first time I have heard of this.
"It should not be expected that a candidate for Lieutenant Governor who has served the past four years in the private sector, know all the issues."
Exactly. And just how hot-headed do you have to be when you have so little self-control that you can't stop yourself from calling a REPORTER a whore? How stupid!
This is hilarious. Been laughing since I heard it! Minnesota politics is a hoot this year!
BTW, the ads against Patty Wetterling even have me cracking up. Notice how tauntingly they say her name - "Patty Wetterling, she just doesn't get it..."
Running for office in Minnesota and not knowing what E85 is is like running for office in Massachussetts and not knowing what Botox is.
Desperation, thy name is 'Mike Hatch.'
Another angry, undisciplined liberal.
And it appears his daughters are a chip off the ol' block.
I hope ol' Mike does this a few more times. Show everyone the true colors of this self annointed 'blue collar' representative of the underdog (BTW, why is it that every lib picks up on that tired mantra???).
You should see the heat I took for my post yesterday, "Desperation, thy name is 'Santorum.'" :-)
I sent this on to the good folks at RCP.
I want TV ads on this. It squares with Hatch's known nasty personality and is an insult to what is termed "Minnesota nice" in this state.
Pawlenty needs to pounce.
Funny, I was thinking the same thing!
The Hatch daughters seem to have some temper issues too.
Like father, like daughter(s)!
It runs in the party.
Seems Hatch has anger management issues. He came across as unstable at best.
Was this on video, or was it just audio of him doing this?
Just spreading the news. ;o)
"Hack" or "Whore" - what did Hatch call a reporter?
Hatch calls reporter 'Republican whore,' paper says
Hatch remark fuels renewed flap
The Duluth News Tribune reported today that DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch called a reporter a "Republican whore" on Thursday, but Hatch denies using those words, saying that he recalls using the word "hack."
Is Mike Hatch melting down?
What if it's Billy Jeff? Can we call him a whore? 8-)
The owners of the newspaper won't say if it was a recorded conversation - but they do say that they stand by the reporter's account of the conversation.
I don't know about the reporter, but Hatch is certainly a Demagogue whore!!
Add me, please!
I love it when these fools lose control and show their true colors! Militant
Soucheray should be classic today!!!!!
Makes for a great soundbite!
But will Hatch retaliate with a 'Pawlenty dropping the, ahem, "puck" ad?
Hack/whore - they just don't sound alike to me....
Jason Lewis is gonna flip out over this too.
I hope that Hugh Hewitt mentions it on his show as well.
A GOP whore?
Think about Monia Lewinsky on a date. What would any guy expect?
Now, think of any of the CNNMSNBCABCWaPoNYT 'babes' and what would any guy expect?
Soucheray discussing it now.
Mikey cost himself votes! A kindred spirit to Frankenkerry.
Mike Hatch is blaming Stanley Hubbard for a conspiracy against him. Says Hubbard urged a reporter to ask Dutcher about E85, says Hubbard is connected to Swift Boat vets blah blah, total meltdown of Hatch in progress.
[from KSTP's story: HERE
. . ."I just had one of those moments where my brain didn't kick into gear," Dutcher said Thursday, claiming campaign weariness.
Dutcher said she drives a Saab and has never used E-85. She did not answer any more questions asked by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
Hatch brushed off the comments Thursday, saying his running mate was just tired. He didn't want to talk about the ethanol issue, he was more concerned with the messenger.
"The fact is, at the end of a long day, someone has the right to say they don't remember something, and that's what happened," Hatch said.
However, the photographer of the interview confirms that the interview took place at 10:30 a.m.
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