This has to be the best thing I’ve seen since Newt Gingrich was calling out the liberal media in 2012.
Republican Mark Callahan, who is running for US Senate in Oregon, was in a candidate review meeting with other colleagues in order for Willamette Week, a publication in Portland, to decide who they would endorse in the upcoming primary. An opponent of his, Republican Joe Rae Perkins, was on speaker phone. There were others in the room but I’m not sure who they were specifically.
The clip starts with Perkins answering a question on speaker phone. While she was answering it, one of WW’s reporters, Nigel Jaquiss, wrote ‘blah blah blah blah’ on his paper as she was answering. Callahan noticed it and called Jaquiss out for it, saying:
You want to talk about disrespect? I see what you’re writing down there. You just wrote down ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ for everything that Joe Rae said. Joe Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad?
Whoever was leading the meeting wanted to move on and ask Callahan a question, telling him that if he answers respectfully that they might consider endorsing him. Callahan fired back:
You have to give respect in order to get respect. Right now on that side of the table, you’re not giving very much respect to the five of us and our time here.
After a little more back and forth, the meeting leader asked Callahan if he believes Climate Change is a myth or reality. Callahan answered:
The reporter who wrote ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ followed up asking Callahan condescendingly “where are you on the easter bunny?”
Callahan was indignant:
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?
Okay how about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question.
The meeting leader told Callahan he just asked him about Climate Change and that he wanted to move on to someone else. He scolded Callahan “if you’re not going to let me I’m going ask you to leave. That’s two strikes.”
At this point Callahan chuckled to himself and responded:
“Who do you think you are?”
The leader then told Callahan he had to leave. “You’re done here. This is neither a fair or balanced meeting. This is a meeting for us to decide…”
“I know it’s a meeting being asked by disrespectful thin-skinned liberals like yourself.”
Someone else in the room said “There’s the door.”
Callahan walked out, noting he had better things to do with his time. The meeting leader snarked “You clearly do.”