“If you don’t want me to take this to you, leave.”
Those words from Rep. A.J. McCampbell (D-Linden) caught on video during an ABC News investigation into lobbyists influence on statehouses across the country.
Rep. McCampbell was holding a golf club in his hand as he dismissed a college journalist’s repeated questions about his golf outing during a legislative conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
The raw video from the incident is posted on the ABC News website.
In the ABC News report that first broadcast Wednesday, Brian Ross told Diane Sawyer “in (add emphasis here) Alabama, lobbyists can give a lawmaker up to $250 a day without reporting it….completely legal.”
Ross also featured Sen. Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) who claims a lobbyist offered $250,000 to buy his vote for the e-bingo bill.
Campbell tells Kim Chandler of the Birmingham News, “Overreacted? I don’t know… when someone puts a camera and sticks a microphone in my face and they keep doing it — I’m one of those people I don’t appreciate that. You respect my space.”
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