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Coakley Thug Assaults TWS Reporter

From The Weekly Standard:


Video: Someone with the Coakley campaign shoves WEEKLY STANDARD reporter outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser.

We Report, We Get Pushed

By John McCormack

Jan 12, 2010

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley attended a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill restaurant Sonoma tonight. After the event concluded, Coakley took two questions from the media but declined to say whether or not she stands by her statement at last night’s debate that there aren’t any terrorists in Afghanistan (and that they’ve all gone to Pakistan or Yemen).

After taking a question from a CNN reporter on the street outside the restaurant, I asked her:

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 […]

After Coakley finished her answer, she began walking away from the restaurant, and I walked behind her asking why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. She didn’t reply.

As I walked down the street, a man who appeared to be associated with the Coakley campaign pushed me into a freestanding metal railing. 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 asked if I was with the media, and I told him I work for THE WEEKLY STANDARD. When I asked him who he worked for he replied, "I work for me." He demanded to see my credentials, and even though it was a public street, I showed them to him.

I eventually got around him and met up with the attorney general halfway down the block.

"Attorney General, could I ask you a question please?" I said. "We’re done, thanks," Coakley replied. She walked back toward the restaurant, apparently searching for her car. She remained silent as I (politely) repeated my question.

Coakley staffers told me they didn’t know who the man was who pushed me, though by every indication he was somehow connected to the campaign.

And there is now this update from The Weekly Standard:

Martha Coakley, left, looks on as the alleged aggressor Meehan approaches me to help me up after he knocked me down.

Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee?

Or just a really good look-a-like?

BY John McCormack

Jan 13, 2010

A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan.

Meehan heads up a firm called Blue Line Strategic Communications along with his partner David DiMartino, who was outside the fundraiser with Coakley tonight and introduced himself to me there. The AP reported on Monday that Meehan is also working for Coakley: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also dispatched Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, to assist the Coakley camp with messaging."

Though I can’t say with 100 percent certainty, I think that Meehan is the man who shoved me into a metal railing Tuesday night…

It’s very likely that the goon in question is Mr. Meehan.

From today’s Washington Post:

In Massachusetts, Republican Brown steps up campaign for Kennedy’s Senate seat

By Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

… Democrats have buttressed Coakley’s campaign this week, adding fresh money and personnel to her operation and vowing to go after the Republican far more aggressively than they have to date.

The DSCC bought $500,000 in advertising time for the contest, and national Democrats sent a pair of experienced strategists — Michael Meehan and Hari Sevugan — to Massachusetts to help lead the attack on Brown and oversee the final days of Coakley’s campaign

But whoever this thug is, don’t be fooled by his seeming solicitation for the reporter he has just knocked down and who he tries to keep from following Ms. Coakley.

That is a taught tactic, to try to cover up what the goon is actually doing.

The expression on Ms. Coakley’s face shows she knows exactly what is going on.

  Update!

Check out this ludicrous exercise is spin from the DNC’s Boston Globe:

Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate

January 13, 2010

BOSTON —A reporter trying to question Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley was involved in a scuffle with one of her aides.

John McCormack of the Weekly Standard fell Tuesday night as he tried to speak with the Democrat while simultaneously videotaping her and trying to pass a metal grate on a Washington sidewalk.

Photos and video of the incident show Coakley aide Michael Meehan trying to help McCormack up. A scuffle broke out as Meehan tried to block McCormack and determine if he was an operative of a rival campaign.

Coakley is seen ignoring McCormack. The trip prompted criticism, since Coakley was in Washington seeking money from lobbyists while polls show a tightening race.

Republican Scott Brown and independent Joseph L. Kennedy are also seeking to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

They truly are shameless.

  Update!

A press release from the White House website:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 11/18/09

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

November 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to the Broadcasting Board of Governors:

  • Walter Isaacson, Chair, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Michael Lynton, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Susan McCue, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Michael P. Meehan, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these distinguished individuals will be a part of this vital agency that has done so much to promote freedom and democracy around the world. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” 

Michael P. Meehan, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Michael P. Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, two presidential campaigns, two U.S. House offices and congressional campaigns in 25 states. Mr. Meehan earned a B.A. in political science from Bates College.

Gee, what a surprise.

This must be part of Mr. Obama’s renewed pledge to bring us all together.

Or else.

But we can’t help but wonder what Mr. Meehan’s views are on the ‘fairness doctrine.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Coakley Thug Assaults TWS Reporter”

  1. RightWinger says:

    Thank you for showing that. That just inspired me. I normally don’t send in political contributions to out of state pols, but in this case I made an exception. I just sent a contribution to Scott Brown’s campaign and will pray he manages to pull off the victory over this crook.

    • LastconservativeinMA says:

      Just today I received two brochures in the mail from the Brown campaign – lots of good information, and valid points are made in them. Your money is being put to good use.

  2. BigOil says:

    I wonder what the people of Massachusetts think of their sitting Attorney General witnessing a battery and doing absolutely nothing.

    That picture of her looking on needs to be prominently displayed leading up to the election.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Republicans don’t have the stones to use things like this to their advantage. Same as Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc. with Obama.

      FYI, Mr. Meehan would have been in the hospital if he did that to me. I’m glad the TWS reported was able to keep his cool.

    • Confucius says:

      Excellent point BigOil.

      Can Coakley lose her law license for witnessing an assault and doing nothing?

  3. BillK says:

    It was just someone working for TWS; it’s not like those conservative things are news agencies or anything.

  4. proreason says:

    At last we know what Obama considers a “strategy”.

    Remember how he pointedly told us that the little people like General Petraeus handle the tactics, but HE has responsiblity of the strategy.

  5. TwilightZoned says:

    More thugacracy. And this is only the beginning. Imagine what is going to go down once support groups begin campaigning for the next presidential election.

  6. misanthropicus says:

    Black Panthers, SEIU workers and Tonton Macoutes are part and parcel of Obama’s persuasion squad – good to know that they are awailable out of state anytime for Democrats in need od spercial PR services –

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    I really loved the “special” attention he applied after the victim was helped to his feet.
    Consider yourself lucky, Mike. Had this been me……..
    Mr. Meehan would be taking his food intravenously (or through the nose) while slipping in and out of a coma in the I.C.U Ward!!

    Gutless, spineless, Jackboot Demoncrat thug monkey.

  8. LastconservativeinMA says:

    A lot of us here in the People’s Republic are pulling for Scott to win. He has a lot more support than the lamestream media will admit, especially around here.


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