A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Washington state admits that he crossed the line when he told a reporter to "go fuck yourself," but the candidate said he was frustrated over the media's obsession with the scandal surrounding Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, also a Republican, and the lack of focus on the war in Afghanistan. But late Tuesday, the candidate retracted his apology.
Seattle-based political blogger Josh Feit interviewed Republican hopeful Michael Baumgartner on Aug. 20, asking him to comment on the Akin mess, where the Missouri candidate said women's bodies could prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." Baumgartner, who previously did diplomatic work in Iraq and Afghanistan, expressed his frustration about the lack of focus on the Afghanistan conflict.
On Aug. 21, Baumgartner emailed a photo of a soldier who was recently killed in Afghanistan to Feit, along with the message:
"Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in Afghanistan. Take a good look and then go fuck yourself."
In an interview with the Associated Press, Baumgartner apologized for his language but reiterated that he didn't think the media was giving proper attention to the war.
But Seattle television station KIRO reports that Baumgartner took back his apology and said the reporter "had it coming."