Willamette Week staffers recently met with Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidates and things got lively when reporter Nigel Jaquiss was caught writing “blah blah blah blah” in his notebook while candidate Jo Rae Perkins, on the telephone, gave a very long answer to a question.
Mark Callahan, another candidate, pointed it out:
I see what you’re writing down there. You just wrote down “blah blah blah blah” for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectful woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing “blah blah blah blah” in your notepad?
Callahan continued to protest Jaquiss’s “note-taking,” then was asked his view on climate change.
“It’s a myth,” he said.
“Where are you on the Easter bunny?” Jaquiss asked.
Callahan didn’t like that.
Are these really the questions that I was called here to answer? I called you out for putting “blah blah blah” on your notepad on now you’re asking me questions like this? Really? Really, are we talking about this now?
“Can I now move on and get the response from somebody else?” asked the alt-weekly moderator. “And if you’re not going to let me, I’m going to ask you to leave.”
Callahan continued to talk and was ordered out of the room. Before departing, he told the journalists they were “disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals.”
He did not win their endorsement.
The exchange starts at 1:06:15.
Update: Willamette Week says that “our goal is not to provide equal time to all candidates, but to explore questions that we think matter most to our readers. Not everyone likes to follow the rules, and on rare occasion we have asked candidates to leave the endorsement interviews. That’s what happened when Callahan came to our offices.”