Obama Cabinet Member Threatens To Punch Out Reporter

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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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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