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Outside Martha Coakley event, John McCormack has second dust-up with female candidate


On Tuesday in Capitol Hill, Micheal Meehan helps John McCormack of the Weekly Standard as Martha Coakley looks on. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

A Democratic operative working with Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts politician locked in a tight race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, apologized for knocking down a Weekly Standard reporter who chased after Coakley outside a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday.

"I was a little too aggressive in trying to help the attorney general get to her car and catch a flight," Michael Meehan said in a statement Wednesday, describing the incident as an accident. Meehan also told Fox News he thought reporter John McCormack was an operative for Coakley's GOP opponent, Scott Brown.

McCormack gave a detailed account of the dust-up on the conservative magazine's Web site (he's fine, his pants were torn) that set off sparks across the blogosphere. Sound familiar? Three months ago, McCormack had another much-blogged story about how GOP congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava's campaign called the cops on him after he followed her into the parking lot to ask a question outside an Upstate New York dinner. We called McCormack to ask if he's starting to take it personally, but no response.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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Nazi brownshirts appear to have been replaced by Brooks Brothers attired goos such as Mr. Meehan based on a Youtube video which seeems to be more informative than this fluff piece of journalism. The AP's reporting is pretty hamhanded ... the AP reporter is too ashamed to put his name on the this drivel.

Wait until one of the Obama or Coakley goons try to intimidate YOUR reporters(
The contested MA Senate seat is the people's seat. Teddy's seat is a barstool (right next to Christopher Dodd)

Quo warranto, B.O.?

Posted by: SlovenianWonder | January 14, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you focus on why Democratic candidates refuse to answer legitimate questions from a properly-credentialed reporter? A bunch of fraidy-cats!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 14, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Charles Sumner once held the seat being contested in Massachusetts.

Democrats attempted to beat him to death on the floor of the US Senate.

Little has changed in Massachusetts when it comes to the urge to murder the opposition.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 14, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Interesting!

Let's try to guess which side of partisanship these authors fall into just by reading this little piece of "change the subject" quick!.

Are we really to understand you are saying it must be the journalist's fault ... so as not to notice that this politician's entourage is getting antsy because things are not going as promised?

Posted by: sally62 | January 14, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Same Reporter John McCormack (Weekly Standard) - Coakley (Mass) & Scozzafava (NY) incidents. See
http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/10/scozzafava_calls_the_cops.asp

It appears certain reporters are targeted for asking tough questions during tight races. Coakley's "stalkers" a lame excuse. Where does the Post stand on "freedom of the press"?

Posted by: Flynn50 | January 14, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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