Supporters of Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign in Massachusetts have been accused of mocking a staffer of Republican Scott Brown outside a recent debate in Springfield.
A GOP source sends two videos taken immediately after the incident outside the Springfield debate (where a union member also admitted on camera that he would be fined for not showing up and supporting Warren). The first shows a man holding a United Auto Workers sign and wearing a UAW t-shirt walking away as the woman with the camera asks another Warren supporter if the UAW man is "homophobic." The Warren supporter says, "He [the UAW man] says he [the Brown staffer] likes it up the a--." Watch the video below:
In a phone interview, Ellen Wallace, the director of the UAW's Massachusetts subregion, responded to a description of the above video with, "Yeesh." Asked if the UAW condones those type of attacks, Wallace responded, "Absolutely not."
"We certainly don't condone attacks on people's staff," Wallace said. "That doesn't sound like anybody I know."
A second video of another Warren supporter shows a man admitting to ridiculing the staffer. The cameraman asks the man if he was chanting "Sounds kind of gay" toward the staffer.
"Oh yeah, I did," the man says, laughing. He then adopts an effeminate voice to mock the staffer saying, "We want Scott, we want Scott."
"I'm like, 'Sounds kind of gay, sounds kind of gay," the man says before laughing again. "We're not going to say that anymore, because they're ready for us," he adds.
The man says they'll continue to use the chant, "Wipe the Scott, flush the Brown." Watch the video below:
Lisa De Pasquale first reported the incident on her blog:
Last night Ross Hemminger, Youth Coordinator for the Scott Brown for Senate campaign, was heckled by pro-Warren supporters at the Brown-Warren debate. A source at the event told me that the hecklers were union members who were oganized by the Warren campaign for a “stand-out.”
The incident happened when Hemminger started chanting “Go, Scott, go!” on the megaphone. The Warren supporerts chanted back “You sound gay!” A few others chimed in “You take it up the a**!”
Hemminger received an apology from Warren's campaign manager, which De Pasquale obtained:
It has come to my attention that some of our supporters made very inappropriate comments to you outside the Springfield debate hall tonight. On behalf of Elizabeth and our campaign, I am writing to express our deepest apologies. Elizabeth completely denounces this kind of behavior, and we are very sorry it occurred.
Elizabeth for MA