Nine days after being named president of Fisk University, Hazel O’Leary found herself being questioned by the FBI last night after being escorted off a commercial airplane.
O’Leary wanted to get off the plane as it waited on the tarmac for more than an hour after being diverted to Richmond, Va., yesterday evening because of storms, said Cpl. Frank Donkle of the Richmond International Airport Police.
The crew of the Nashville-to-Washington flight told airport police that O’Leary, 67, was ”getting loud and abusive” and had to be physically restrained at one point, Donkle said.
O’Leary, a former U.S. energy secretary under President Bill Clinton, disputed police accounts, saying in a short statement issued late last night: ”I regret the unfortunate misunderstanding that occurred (yesterday) evening. The situation was resolved. At no time was I rude or disrespectful to anyone. I answered all the questions that were asked and resumed my journey.”
Ironic Tin-Foil Hat Update:
This is obviously a Republican plot, orchestrated by Karl Rove, to draw attention away from the Democratic convention. Any criminal actions by O’Leary were certainly inadvertant. She’s well known for her sloppiness, after all.
“Heh”, as the Blogfather would say.