A Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee got hot under the collar when a reporter asked him an inconvenient question today.
Ben Jealous, the former leader of the NAACP, is challenging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, whose campaign has painted the Democrat as a far-left candidate who has been endorsed by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Erin Cox, a reporter from the Washington Post, asked him about that during a press conference on Wednesday.
Jealous dismissed the labels.
“Him calling me a far-left socialist is what the Tea Party called President Obama. It’s what Barry Goldwater called Martin Luther King,” he said. “And when you see conservatives like Hogan name-calling, you realize that they’re scared.”
Jealous described himself as a “venture capitalist,” who just happens to support “pushing everyone we can into ObamaCare.”
Cox decided to press him further: “Not to put too fine a point on it, but do you identify with the term socialist?” she asked. The impertinent question prompted Jealous to curse at her.
“Are you f—ing kidding me?” he replied sharply. “Is that a finer point?”
After that tongue-lashing, Cox responded obsequiously, “Thank you, sir.” She may well have added, “May I have another?”