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Hatch gets defensive over questions about Dutcher (Calls a reporter a GOP whore)
Duluth News-Tribune ^ | 10/03/06

Posted on 11/03/2006 9:14:54 AM PST by MplsSteve

Mike Hatch’s aggressive reputation showed through Thursday for one of the few times in this year’s 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 governor’s race. “He wants to beat up on a woman.”

Hatch’s anger overflowed during a Thursday morning telephone interview.

A Forum Communications reporter asked Hatch about Dutcher’s knowledge of ethanol and why she wasn’t available to discuss the issue. Hatch abruptly ended the interview with: “You’re nothing more than a Republican whore. Goodbye.” He then hung up.

(Excerpt) Read more at duluthnewstribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: ethanol; hostility; mikehatch; minnesota
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Now this is the Mike Hatch that everyone has been waiting for!

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?

1 posted on 11/03/2006 9:14:57 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I wonder what kind of thank-you gift Gov. Pawlenty is sending him? [grin]


2 posted on 11/03/2006 9:16:15 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: MplsSteve

The more dims that get in front of a camera before election day, the more seats they'll lose.


3 posted on 11/03/2006 9:17:21 AM PST by JamesP81 (Rights must be enforced; rights that you're not allowed to enforce are rights that you don't have.)
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To: MplsSteve
I couldn't agree with you more! Didn't the liberal Mayor Rybeck call him a junkyard dog?

I hope this gets alot of play all across Minnesota. I can't imagine people choosing him over Pawlenty.
4 posted on 11/03/2006 9:18:27 AM PST by Minn. 4 Bush
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5 posted on 11/03/2006 9:18:28 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

We could use some of those GOP Whore reporters here in Iowa. Send 'em on down.


6 posted on 11/03/2006 9:18:46 AM PST by Iowa Granny (People who live in glass houses should always undress in the dark)
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To: MplsSteve

Tony Snow needs to get this "whore" in the WH press room.

Which would make it 1 GOP Whore against 100 DNC Whores!


7 posted on 11/03/2006 9:22:38 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Minn. 4 Bush
more like ankle-biting Chihuahua. what a lightweight.
next Hatch will say "my dad can beat up your dad".
8 posted on 11/03/2006 9:25:53 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: MplsSteve

Like Rush says, it doesn't take long for them to be reduced to name calling if they are confronted with the facts.


9 posted on 11/03/2006 9:27:28 AM PST by Ilky Hucktar
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To: MplsSteve

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.


10 posted on 11/03/2006 9:27:40 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Rakkasan1

The papers are pretty quiet about the polls. I wonder what they actually are at this point.


11 posted on 11/03/2006 9:33:14 AM PST by RowdyYates
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To: MplsSteve

“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.


12 posted on 11/03/2006 9:33:14 AM PST by rightazrain (Past is prologue.)
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To: Rakkasan1

LOL!


13 posted on 11/03/2006 9:35:20 AM PST by Minn. 4 Bush
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To: MplsSteve

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...


14 posted on 11/03/2006 9:35:22 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: MplsSteve

"Pimp Hatch calls reporter whore!" bump.


15 posted on 11/03/2006 9:35:44 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: MplsSteve
Add me please.

Yeah, Hatch is a dope. I will say that he's a champ compared to previous DFL candidates though; John Marty anyone?

16 posted on 11/03/2006 9:36:44 AM PST by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: Abigail Adams

Exactly!

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.


17 posted on 11/03/2006 9:38:41 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Okay, you scared me. I thought Orin Hatch had morphed into a trash talker!


18 posted on 11/03/2006 9:42:07 AM PST by altura (Bushbot No. 1 - get in line.)
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To: MplsSteve

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!


19 posted on 11/03/2006 9:44:58 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: MplsSteve

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.


20 posted on 11/03/2006 9:45:49 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: MplsSteve
I guess his statement during "saner times" didn't fly too far:

"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."

21 posted on 11/03/2006 9:46:01 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (How did Karl Rove's Hurricane Machine make such a perfect storm come out of John Kerry's mouth?)
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To: MplsSteve
He's done well at suppressing it thru the campaign - but now it looks like it has caught up to him.

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..."

22 posted on 11/03/2006 10:13:10 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MplsSteve
I posted this on another thread. I think it bears repeating:

Running for office in Minnesota and not knowing what E85 is is like running for office in Massachussetts and not knowing what Botox is.

23 posted on 11/03/2006 10:17:07 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: MplsSteve

Desperation, thy name is 'Mike Hatch.'


24 posted on 11/03/2006 10:18:08 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: HitmanLV; MplsSteve

Another angry, undisciplined liberal.

And it appears his daughters are a chip off the ol' block.


25 posted on 11/03/2006 10:27:27 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MplsSteve
Just goes to show that, when under pressure, dimocrats can't function on a rational basis. They would rather issue personal attacks and AVOID the issues instead of being forthright and (GASP!) maybe admit that they have a problem...

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???).

26 posted on 11/03/2006 10:28:51 AM PST by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

You should see the heat I took for my post yesterday, "Desperation, thy name is 'Santorum.'" :-)


27 posted on 11/03/2006 10:29:10 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I sent this on to the good folks at RCP.


28 posted on 11/03/2006 10:29:23 AM PST by mwl1
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To: dave k

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.


29 posted on 11/03/2006 10:30:46 AM PST by mwl1
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Funny, I was thinking the same thing!

The Hatch daughters seem to have some temper issues too.

Like father, like daughter(s)!


30 posted on 11/03/2006 10:32:14 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: RowdyYates
I wonder what they actually are at this point.

well thats the million dollar question isnt it.. i wonder that every single time i see a poll.
31 posted on 11/03/2006 10:32:52 AM PST by wafflehouse
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To: MplsSteve
Like father, like daughter(s)!

It runs in the party.

Kerry Daughters React to Defeat with 'F-word' Tirade

32 posted on 11/03/2006 10:34:29 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: MplsSteve

Seems Hatch has anger management issues. He came across as unstable at best.


33 posted on 11/03/2006 10:35:46 AM PST by Dante3
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To: mwl1
I agree.

Was this on video, or was it just audio of him doing this?

34 posted on 11/03/2006 10:39:23 AM PST by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
the "Fighting Hatch Girls" got their tempers from their pappy. Seems ol' Mikey has Napoleon syndrome.
35 posted on 11/03/2006 10:48:06 AM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: MplsSteve

Just spreading the news. ;o)

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=138260

"Hack" or "Whore" - what did Hatch call a reporter?


http://www.startribune.com/587/story/786166.html

Hatch calls reporter 'Republican whore,' paper says


http://www.startribune.com/587/story/786189.html

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."



http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/15922700.htm

Is Mike Hatch melting down?


36 posted on 11/03/2006 10:48:16 AM PST by maggief
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To: MplsSteve

What if it's Billy Jeff? Can we call him a whore? 8-)


37 posted on 11/03/2006 10:49:41 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: dave k

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.


38 posted on 11/03/2006 10:55:46 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I don't know about the reporter, but Hatch is certainly a Demagogue whore!!


39 posted on 11/03/2006 10:57:29 AM PST by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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To: MplsSteve

Add me, please!

I love it when these fools lose control and show their true colors! Militant


40 posted on 11/03/2006 11:17:01 AM PST by militant2 ("The society that forces you to tolerate the intolerable is doomed!")
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To: HitmanLV

LOL


41 posted on 11/03/2006 11:46:53 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MplsSteve

Soucheray should be classic today!!!!!


42 posted on 11/03/2006 11:48:05 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: mwl1
I want TV ads on this

Makes for a great soundbite!

But will Hatch retaliate with a 'Pawlenty dropping the, ahem, "puck" ad?

43 posted on 11/03/2006 11:49:43 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: maggief
Hatch denies using those words, saying that he recalls using the word "hack."

Hack/whore - they just don't sound alike to me....

44 posted on 11/03/2006 11:52:35 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MNlurker

Jason Lewis is gonna flip out over this too.

I hope that Hugh Hewitt mentions it on his show as well.


45 posted on 11/03/2006 11:52:47 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

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?


46 posted on 11/03/2006 11:57:11 AM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: MplsSteve

Soucheray discussing it now.


47 posted on 11/03/2006 12:16:48 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MplsSteve

Mikey cost himself votes! A kindred spirit to Frankenkerry.


48 posted on 11/03/2006 12:18:37 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: MNlurker

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.


49 posted on 11/03/2006 12:21:49 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (What's E85?????)
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To: MplsSteve
More Hatch/Dutcher dissembling:

[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.

50 posted on 11/03/2006 2:16:26 PM PST by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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