The Republican nominee for governor in Massachusetts called a female reporter “sweetheart” while trying to get her to stop asking about his opinion on National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of recent domestic violence scandals surrounding NFL players.
The reporter, Sharman Sacchetti, who works for the Massachusetts Fox-affiliate Fox 25, was asking Republican nominee Charlie Baker (pictured) about changing his opinion on whether Goodell should step down.
“Okay, this is going to be the last one sweetheart, then I’m going to have to go,” Baker said. He also patted Sacchetti on the shoulder. The interaction happened to be at a “Women for Charlie” event.
Baker later called Sacchetti to apologize, according to Fox25.
Watch the report below, with the “sweetheart” comment coming around 1:31:
Baker is running against Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) in the gubernatorial race. The TPM polltracker average gives Coakley a 5.5 point lead over Baker.