Image via WikipediaMaurice Hinchey debated challenger George Phillips recently, and it appears Mr. Hinchey's age is showing. Grandpa Hinchey has an Alzheimer's moment when asked about the federal deficit, he appears to not know what the questioner is asking him. He than goes on to give an explanation that confirms he has no idea what he's talking about.
Ed Morrisey of Hot Air sums it up best :
Instead of answering the question, Hinchey starts talking about how nice the roads are in the district — and how great it is to have 7.6% unemployment. Not only are those non-sequiturs, they’re hardly winning campaign slogans. Vote Hinchey — he got us 7.6% unemployment!
After the debate, which it appears Hinchey lost with his arrogance and lack of understanding, he does a little Q&A with local reporters. This is where things get interesting. Hinchey is asked by reporter Bill Kemble
Pretty choice, huh? we're not done yet. After the cameras are turned off, this appears to be what happened:
Maurice Hinchey is such a stand up guy. Candidate George Phillips had this to say about the altercation.After the shooters turned off their cameras and started to break down, Hinchey made a beeline for Kemble and got in his face, according to a YNN videographer who was on the scene. The congressman poked Kemble in the chest aggressively, according to the YNN staffer.
I spoke with Kemble briefly this afternoon, and he told me Hinchey “put his hand on my throat” and then “realized what he had done and walked away.” The YNN shooter told me he did not witness this part of the altercation.
Hinchey's campaign more or less confirms the story, but in a such a way that my colon appears to he clouded in smoke, if you get my drift.“This isn’t an issue to me. There was a brief disturbance as reported, but it didn’t result in any physical damage. I’m very pleased with the results of the debate and I’m focused on victory in Nov.”
All in all, this is good news for George Phillips, who in a recent poll was behind Hinchey 37% to 44%. Look closely at those numbers though. An incumbent with less than 50% of the vote is considered in deep jeopardy of losing his or her seat.“Mr. Hinchey and Mr. Kemble have had a longstanding antagonistic relationship. Last night, Mr. Kemble rudely badgered Mr. Hinchey during an ongoing taped interview in an attempt to evoke a reaction,” said Liam Fitzsimmons, campaign manager for Rep. Hinchey.“Following the taped interview, Mr. Kemble continued badgering Mr. Hinchey and took an aggressive step toward him in an attempt to provoke a further argument. Nevertheless, the congressman regrets he didn’t walk away from Mr. Kemble sooner in order to end the heated argument.”