A Republican lawmaker in Minnesota snatched the microphone away from his Democratic rival during a debate.
Four-term state Rep. Duane Quam was debating Jamie Mahlberg of the DFL, the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party, when the incident took place.
They had been passing the same microphone back and forth, and they had been sharing their thoughts on several issues.
However, while Mahlberg was answering a question about linking education funding to the Consumer Price Index, Quam indicated that he would like a rebuttal by raising his card, and instead of waiting for her to pass him the mic, he just seized it from her hands, causing her to cringe in surprise.
Quam tried to pass the mic back to Mahlberg when he finished speaking, but she wasn’t having it, literally. He tossed it in front of her when she didn’t take the microphone.
“It was disappointing to be on the receiving end of such disrespectful behavior from my current representative, but ultimately I’m focused on my campaign and the hard work I will continue to do to earn the support of the voters of the district,” –
Mahlberg said after the incident.
Quam apologized later and blamed his “nerves” for the mic snatch.
“I respect Jamie and my actions at last night’s forum did not reflect that. Unfortunately, my nerves got the best of me with our timed responses and I was not as graceful as I should have been while we shared the microphone. My sincere apologies to Jamie and I look forward to continuing a positive campaign.” – he told the Post-Bulletin.