You’re Making Me Uncomfortable (Again)


So the story with Butler student being sued by the university is one thing – administrators are now trying to save face by presenting their case – but here’s an interesting story that caught my eye, a story that seems to go along the same lines: “you’re asking too many questions, you’re making me uncomfortable, I’m calling the cops on you”:

Now this is something that doesn’t happen every day. The campaign of Dede Scozzafava, the moderate Republican candidate who is in a three-way race with a Democrat and a Conservative Party candidate in the NY-23 special election, called the police on a Weekly Standard reporter for asking her too many questions.

Reporter describes the experience as the following:

Tonight, Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for the November 3 special election in the 23rd congressional district, spoke to about 100 Republicans at the Lewis County GOP dinner at the Elks Lodge 1605. After a dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, Scozzafava fended off criticism that she wasn’t as conservative as third-party candidate Doug Hoffman and urged her supporters to vote for her in order to keep her Democratic opponent Bill Owens from serving as a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington. It was a fairly typical evening–until the speech ended and someone with Scozzafava’s campaign called the police. On me.

So the reporter asked some questions, however persistently, in the public space in the situation in which a candidate is expected to at least pay attention to questions – he didn’t follow her to her house, didn’t sneak up on her in the bathroom or at lunch, he asked her questions, she didn’t want to answer, got uncomfortable and “startled” and called the cops.

The cop himself admitted that the reporter was not in any legal trouble – why the cops then? Clearly, whoever called the cops thought of it as a kind of subtle message of punishment, ask too many questions and we’ll call the cops on you. What is going on here? Are we really becoming more and more civilized and any pressure or raised level of voice is scaring us shitless or is it just a strategy to repress any questions? You’re making me uncomfortable with your line of questions, I’m going to forward your messages to my campaign staff, my mother, my local law enforcement officer…

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