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Burns aide accidentally gives reporter profanity-laced earful

Published: Monday August 14, 2006

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A member of Senator Conrad Burns' staff accidentally let loose a profanity-laced tirade to a reporter--including a direct insult of Senator George Allen (R-Va.)-- according to Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill."

The Daily Press of Newport News, Va., was calling Burns' office for further comment on a recent outburst by the Senator (R-Mt.) blasting Virginia firefighters in Montana when the young staffer who answered, erroneously believing the reporter to be a friend, proceeded with a host of obscenity-laced comments not intended for public consumption. The aide at one point even allegedly said, " can tell Sen. George Allen of Virginia to [vulgarity deleted]."

"Heard on the Hill" makes light of the young man's gaffe, but the head of the Montana Democratic Party took the opportunity to capitalize on it, saying "a dark cloud will ... hang over the senatorial campaign and our state" until Burns or the aide apologizes to Montanans.