Jesse Kelly: Our campaign is going to stay focused on not answering any questions we don’t likeby David Pinar on May. 25, 2012, under Pol. & Govt.
As we reported yesterday the Kelly campaign reacted angrily to a question asking him to explain why he accepted an endorsement from the controversial group ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee). The question was from a concerned viewer and was asked during Kelly’s interview on KGUN9 as a part of their Project Red, White and Blue political coverage in which all 3 candidates were granted interviews and aired on consecutive evenings. Kelly campaign spokesman John Ellinwood angrily threatened to end the interview and verbally sparred with KGUN9 reporter Jennifer Waddell, jabbing his finger in her face, interrupting her, and questioned her professionalism. When Kelly finally relented and allowed the interview to continue Waddell repeated the question and Kelly tersely said the question was “out of bounds”. The Kelly campaign initially claimed the reason the question was “out of bounds” because the question said “recent endorsement” and the endorsement was in 2010. While we think 2010 is certainly recent and relevant enough, the fact is that ALIPAC renewed it’s endorsement just last week.
Well, KGUN9 reporter Marcelino Benito caught up with Kelly before Wednesday’s debate and Kelly still doesn’t like the question:
For those who can’t or don’t want to watch the video (and it’s worth a watch just for the women laughing and the smirk on Kelly’s face), here’s a transcript:
Benito: “Do you plan on accepting that endorsement this time around?”
Kelly: “Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower gas prices using American energy, lower taxes, and creating jobs.”
Benito: “Do you plan on accepting that endorsement?”
Kelly: “Our campaign is going to stay focused on lower taxes, lowering gas prices using American energy, and creating jobs.”
Benito: “So it that a yes or a no?”
Kelly: “Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering gas prices using American energy.”
Benito: “So no comment?”
Kelly: “Our campaign is going to stay focused on lowering gas prices, creating jobs, and lowering taxes.”
It’s a simple question Jesse – do you think the several groups and even John McCain who have denounced ALIPAC as racist and has ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semite groups have it wrong and accept it’s endorsement? Or do you stand up and renounce this type of disgusting extremism?
And by the way, Jesse – we don’t buy that you’re going to magically bring back 99 cent a gallon gasoline.