ABC’s Brian Ross Roughed Up By Bachmann Security
ABC reporter Brian Ross wanted to know if Michele Bachmann ever missed a House vote because of migraines. Michael Crowley of Time reports that Bachmann left a rally in South Carolina without taking questions.
That’s when things got interesting. Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she continued to ignore him.
Afterward, I asked Ross — a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken — whether he had ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by Mafia people.”
It’s not Bachmann’s treatable headaches that are the problem. It’s the way she avoids non-friendly press and deals, or doesn’t deal, with the rough-and-tumble of the campaign trail.Click here for reuse options!
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