Submitted By Todd on January 13th at 9:37pm
“Last evening I was a little too aggressive in trying to help the Attorney General get to her car and catch a flight. “I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence. As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK. “I talked with Mr. McCormack this afternoon and apologized for my part.”Before you read the background and watch the behavior of Coakley aid Michael Meehan, it's important to keep in mind the above confession, issued Wednesday afternoon. You'll see later how disingenuous it is, as are the claims of Coakley, who tries to make it seem that the assault is the fault of the Brown campaign.
A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan. Meehan heads up a firm called Blue Line Strategic Communications along with his partner David DiMartino, who was outside the fundraiser with Coakley tonight and introduced himself to me there. The AP reported on Monday that Meehan is also working for Coakley: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also dispatched Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, to assist the Coakley camp with messaging."I have no particular interest in tagging something on Coakley that isn't appropriate, but the photo of her doing nothing as a reporter falls to the ground is disturbing. Every normal person I know would reach out a hand of assistance, and the women I know would be screaming for help as they assisted the man up from the sidewalk. Coakley appears to be unimpressed by the man falling to the sidewalk in front of her.
Coakley, of course, was the only candidate in the Democratic primary who regularly used trackers, sending campaign aides to her opponents' events to videotape everything they said. "It's something that good, organized campaigns do," Coakley told the Globe in October. In an interview this afternoon, Coakley declined to respond to calls from the Massachusetts Republican Party for her to immediately dismiss the aide, Michael Meehan.In what seems to be a clear denial of reality, Coakley says she has no idea what happened, but that she has been stalked by two members of the Brown campaign!
“I know there were people following, including two from the Brown campaign who have been very aggressive in their stalking,” Coakley told reporters during an appearance at Kit Clark Senior Services in Dorchester. “I’m not sure what happened. I know something occurred, but I’m not privy to the facts. I’m sure it will come out, but I’m not aware of that.”As you watch the video, notice the quick view of Coakley looking back to see where her bodyguard is as he continues to harass the reporter - she does nothing!
Though I can't say with 100 percent certainty, I think that Meehan is the man who shoved me into a metal railing Tuesday night. You can get the best look at him at about the 30-second mark of this video, and in this AP photo: (Martha Coakley, left, looks on as the alleged aggressor Meehan approaches me to help me up after he knocked me down. Note the large tear in the bottom of my right pant leg.)As an officer of the court and the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State of Massachusetts, wouldn't Coakley be held to a higher standard? The hostility seems to have its roots in McCormack's attempt to get Coakley to elaborate on her debate statement from Monday night that there are no more terrorists in Afghanistan, so we should take our troops out. Here's the story from John McCormack of the Weekly Standard:
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley attended a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill restaurant Sonoma tonight. After the event concluded, Coakley took two questions from the media but declined to say whether or not she stands by her statement at last night's debate that there aren't any terrorists in Afghanistan (and that they've all gone to Pakistan or Yemen). After taking a question from a CNN reporter on the street outside the restaurant, I asked her: 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 [...] After Coakley finished her answer, she began walking away from the restaurant, and I walked behind her asking why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. She didn't reply. As I walked down the street, a man who appeared to be associated with the Coakley campaign pushed me into a freestanding metal railing. I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street. 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. I eventually got around him and met up with the attorney general halfway down the block. "Attorney General, could I ask you a question please?" I said. "We're done, thanks," Coakley replied. She walked back toward the restaurant, apparently searching for her car. She remained silent as I (politely) repeated my question. Coakley staffers told me they didn't know who the man was who pushed me, though by every indication he was somehow connected to the campaign.