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Tension We Can Take to the Bank?

Mark Plotkin and Terry McAuliffe are in a bit of a snit. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post; AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Can this relationship be saved? We wondered about the expletive-fueled shouting match between WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin and former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe at the Capital Grille back in March. McAuliffe assured us at the time they were just joking around -- but maybe the damage was already done.

In a recent broadcast, Plotkin called the Virginia gubernatorial hopeful "all hat and no cattle"; he followed with another commentary urging voters to support anyone but McAuliffe. There's an ambiguous back story, reports our colleague Michael Laris, involving some long-ago business between the two during McAuliffe's banker days.

"You're just mad I turned you down for your bank loan 20 years ago," he sniped at Plotkin in a live WTOP broadcast in February. "He's still mad at me. And it was the right thing to do."

Huh? Plotkin wouldn't explain the loan matter but told Laris there's no bad blood. "It's one thing to have a strong opinion of someone, and another to have bad blood." He said he's "an equal opportunity offender" when grilling candidates. McAuliffe's rep declined to shed light on the men's history.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 2, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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