It seemed like a fairly innocuous question. Fair, anyway.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison invited reporters to a news conference earlier today at which she and Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., raised alarms about Democrat-backed "cap and trade" legislation. Short version: it won't do much to curb pollution and it will drive up costs for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, harming families, farmers, truckers, airlines and the economy in general.
Hutchison arrived 10 minutes late, leaving Bond to work the crowd. It was a lovely fall day; no torrential rain here. The senators and two guests -- a woman who owns a Maryland trucking company and serves on the board of the American Trucking Association, and Richard Cortese, a board member of the Texas Farm Bureau (which endorsed Hutchison for governor) -- spoke for 10 minutes and took a few questions about cap-and-trade.
Then Hutchison posed for some pictures, and stepped over to a scrum of a dozen or so reporters to take more questions. One asked about net neutrality, a rather complex issue of special to Texas-based AT&T. Hutchison turned to me for the next topic. She really did seem open to taking more questions.
I offered a toss-away to the effect that she has already said she'll leave the Senate soon, any hints yet about timing. No she said. Then, apparently, I crossed a line. Basically, I asked why she feels a need to stay in the Senate while running for governor.GILLMAN: "Do you have some qualms that a replacement for you will not have essentially the same positions on important issues, to Texas, like cap and trade, like net neutrality, for instance?"
HUTCHISON: "Ok, thank you."
And then, dear readers, she turned abruptly and walked away, leaving a gaggle of journalists dumbstruck.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Kay getting snippy with the press?
POLITICO says that Kay was snippy and refused to answer a question (link). Excerpt follows...
Todd Gillman of Trailblazers blog on Dallas Morning News also reports that Kay is cutting off interviews abruptly (link). Excerpt follows...
Kay is just not answering questions now? How long is that going to fly? This may be the one thing that can make the press turn on their golden darling Kay...