Obama Cabinet Member Threatens To Punch Out Reporter


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar apparently threatened to punch out a Wyoming reporter after a contentious interview over wild horse policies:

Last week, during an Election Day event supporting President Barack Obama in Fountain, Colo., U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar threatened a local reporter following a seemingly routine interview.

“If you set me up like this again, I’ll punch you out,” Salazar told Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Phillips.

In an email to TheBlaze, U.S. Department of Interior spokesman Blake Androff confirmed that the altercation occurred. “The secretary regrets the exchange,” he wrote. The official did not provide any additional details.

It’s interesting to note that Salazar’s position as Secretary of the Interior is one that former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan has been rumored to be in consideration for. “Could we be one day closer to an Interior Secretary Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) or Byron Dorgan (D-ND)?” asks my good friend Aaron Flint.

I’m still doubtful about the possibility of Dorgan being appointed to much of anything, and for what it’s worth Dorgan continues to dismiss the rumors.

But Salazar being on his way out seems more likely than ever.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    Is that called punching across the aisle? You could say that 2 boxers in the same ring are working together.

  • RCND

    This is the same guy who threatened to put the heel of his boot on the necks of oil companies.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    He must be hanging out with Tag Romney.

    • Glenn

      More like hanging out with Ed Schultz and Bill Maher.

  • Harold

    Obama only appoints high class people to his cabinet and this incident proves that.