Quantcast
Connect with us

Tennessee Repub calls reporter a ‘b*tch’ over spending probe — then quits county job

Published

on

The Republican election commission chair for Davidson County, Tennessee resigned from his position after cursing at a reporter on camera as she pressed him to explain exorbitant expenditures, the Tennessean reported.

Ron Buchanan quit on Monday, before WSMV-TV showed footage of his combative interview with reporter Alanna Autler last Friday.

Autler is seen on camera asking Buchanan to explain a $123 charge at a Nashville-area restaurant last June.

ADVERTISEMENT

“That charge was for a business meeting to discuss the budget on June 30 when the budget was approved July 1 and it was a very legitimate purchase,” he responds.

“Couldn’t you have gone to another restaurant that was perhaps not as expensive?” she asks, prompting him to say, “That’s it” and start walking away.

Autler then follows up, asking, “Can you explain the picture frame that was $614?” referring to a large frame election administrator Kent Wall bought for the commission’s office using a county-issued credit card.

“That’s it,” he repeats, adding, “That’s exactly the b*tch I thought you would be.”

“You want to say that again, Mr. Buchanan?” Autler asks, as a commission spokesperson gets in between the two. “Do not touch me. Do you want to say that again for the camera?”

ADVERTISEMENT

Buchanan then walks away from Autler and out of the room where the interview was being held.

The confrontation came after WSMV investigated several expenses incurred by both Wall, the local election administrator. Wall originally agreed to let the station see his expense records at the end of March, then announced he would be retiring from office at that same time.

The purchases, which included another frame costing $140, as well as nearly $150 for lamps and bookends for the commission’s offices, came around the same time the group voted to shut down 10 early election sites, citing a budget shortfall. County officials later agreed to give the commission an additional $283,500 in funding.

ADVERTISEMENT

Buchanan originally apologized for his outburst against Autler, but later told the Tennessean that it was “the one word” that could convey his feelings at that moment.

“I should not have used that terminology, but as the media has the freedom of press, individuals have the freedom of speech,” Buchanan said. “And I can tell her what I think about her. And I did that, and I don’t apologize for it. There are people that don’t think I should have done it and that it hurts politics in this area, and so be it.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (D) said in a statement that Buchanan’s remark was “outrageously inappropriate,” and has ordered that the commission’s credit card be revoked while an audit is performed on its recent purchases.

“It is good that Mr. Buchanan has resigned, but unfortunate that he has shown no remorse for his words or actions,” the mayor said. “Government officials should be able to withstand tough questions.”

Watch WSMV’s report, as aired on Monday, below.

ADVERTISEMENT

[h/t The Slot]


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

CNN

CNN’s Cuomo slams Trump advisers for attacking Fauci: ‘Why doesn’t Captain Carnage tell his sycophants to shut up?’

Published

on

On CNN Tuesday, Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump's aides for attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci — and their boss for allowing it to continue despite knowing Fauci is correct.

"Trump knows Fauci is a trusted source," said Cuomo. "Given what just came out of his mouth, we have to ask why is he trying to destroy Fauci? And the answer is because Fauci keeps telling you the truth about COVID-19."

"If the president isn't behind it, why is his campaign pushing out a staffer like Stephen Moore, who is openly trying to smear Fauci's decades-long service?" said Cuomo. "The guy is supposed to be an economic analyst. What about this from Peter Navarro, another Trumper? Now he's a Fauci critic? These guys want to talk about being trustworthy and records of getting things wrong, and they work for Trump and never admit his legendary lies? And Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff for communications, he posted this cartoon, mocking the top infectious disease specialist on his Facebook page as he calls him his colleague."

Continue Reading

CNN

Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for lying about coronavirus death rate: ‘This is just ludicrous’

Published

on

On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper led his show with a searing indictment of President Donald Trump for his ongoing lies about his management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cooper particularly took umbrage at Trump's claim, at the day's Rose Garden press conference, that "we have just about the lowest mortality rate" and only seem to have more cases because "we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world."

"This is just ludicrous," said Cooper. "This is the president of the United States. More than 130,000 people dead in this country and he's continuing this ridiculous lie, it's nonsensical. It defies any belief. We shouldn't be surprised because this is what he does. This is one of president's favorite lies. The United States is not the best or close to it in deaths — it's the seventh-worst in the world. The testing doesn't discover them. According to Redfield and others, the cases we know about are probably far underestimating the actual spread of this virus."

Continue Reading
 

CNN

Trump tried to create a ‘fairy tale’ of his pandemic leadership: CNN’s Acosta

Published

on

On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's latest press conference.

"By and large ... what you heard the president talk about is essentially what he would have talked about had he been able to give that rally in New Hampshire last weekend," said Acosta. "He decided to have it here in the Rose Garden. When the press assembles here in the Rose Garden, we expect there to be a number of questions asked of the president. There were only three or four people called on before he raced out of here."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image