MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and her show’s producers were ejected from Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell’s headquarters today with an “angry guy” insisting they were not welcome back.
Maddow tweeted earlier about the kerfuffle, sure to be a part of her show tonight:
Ejected from O’Donnell HQ. Staffer insulted producers Bill & Laura then angry man came outside and told us to leave and not come back.
This afternoon Maddow told TPM in a statement that she spoke with O’Donnell’s staffers “multiple times about us being here today and wanting to speak with someone — anyone, even a volunteer — from the campaign.”Maddow said that the producer who made the initial calls and the executive producer went into the O’Donnell offices without a camera crew to check on the status of their request.
“They were greeted nicely by what appeared to be two junior staffers … then insulted by a senior staffer,” Maddow told TPM. The producers left, but “then an angry guy followed them out and told us loudly that we all had to leave the premises and not come back.”
Maddow added, “Other than that, Delaware’s great!”
MSNBC sources stressed that there was no camera crew there, and the arrival was no ambush. The Maddow team was making an in-person followup after their multiple phone conversations.
We’ll post video after Maddow discusses this on her show tonight. Late Update: Here’s video of Maddow’s team from the show. They said it was like being bounced from a bar.
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