OPINION: Baldwin rally Saturday night in Berlin attracted fans and one guy who needs to get a life
By Malcolm McIntyre
It is a dirty job but someone has to do it, I guess.
Someone has to show up at appearances by political candidates in the hope that he or she will somehow slip up, both literally and figuratively.
Saturday night, at the rally for Tammy Baldwin in Berlin, at Riverside Park, the guy on he left in the photo above was there to record everything Tammy said or did.
Both sides (Dems and Republicans) do this, but only selectively.
In kind of perverse way, is a sign the other side fears you.
Saturday night, once several of the Dems attending the rally noticed him and his video camera, they confronted him.
He was polite, but also resolute. He had the right, he told them, to be there and to record the event. He was right. Legally the rally was a public event. He could not, however, invade the pavillion that was reserved by the rally’s hosts: the Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara County Democratic Parties.
Still, his presence upset some of those there to meet and greet Baldwin so they strategically placed themselves between his camera and Baldwin.
It was a way of fighting back.
It worked, to a degree. Anyone viewing the video won’t see much of the U.S. Senator.
But, like a good tracker, this guy hung in there, even filming Tammy as she walked to her car at the end of the rally.
Why would he do that? He hoped to see her slip or stumble or in some way do something that if pulled out of context could be used to embarrass her.
Like I wrote earlier; being a tracker is a dirty job. It is also disgusting, sleazy, and revolting. Given that, what does it say about people who do this?
Note, we know who the guy is, but unlike him, we aren’t in the business of trying to belittle or embarrass people so we aren’t publishing his name.
Note: Mahlon Mitchell, who is seeking the Dem nod to run against Scott Walker, recently confronted a tracker connected to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. View article on how Mitchell turned the table on his tracker.