Now, I know John and I know he wouldn't be thrown off a scent by a politician's non-answer like Coakley's. As Coakley left the restaurant, he walked behind her to ask why health care industry lobbyists were toasting her at a fundraiser on the eve of her senate election... again, no response from Coakley.
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 [...]
As he followed her, a man who seemed to be associated with the Coakley campaign shoved John into freestanding metal railing. John recalls:
He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street.Video of the incident has surfaced this morning and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is dismissing the physical abuse of a reporter as a "dirty trick" by Republicans. Hardly.
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.
Meanwhile, Coakley staffers claim they do not know who the obtrusive man was who shoved John. Take a look at a copy of video captured at the scene and let us know what you think: