GOP Spokesman: Polite, Courteous And Has A Problem With The Press

Minnesota Republican Party spokesperson Mark Drake uses the words “polite” and “courteous” repeatedly to describe the party’s video “trackers” who are recording nearly every move of  DFL candidate for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.  Dayton called a news conference to play back video that showed the trackers blocking the public’s access to him at a recent campaign appearance.

Drake tried to interrupt the news conference to respond, but Dayton told him to wait until the news conference had ended.

In the hallway outside the news conference, Drake does his best to make sure the words “polite” and “courteous” appear in any soundbyte that is used of his response and does his best to avoid any other specifics about his tracker’s actions.

Drake also twittered during Dayton’s news conference: “How can you be gov if you can’t handle trackers”

As you’ll see at the end of the video, Drake himself has trouble with cameras, not with trackers, but with handling a simple question from the press asking for his name.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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