Macaca’s replacement blocked at CHO
Since Senator George Allen's "Macaca" scandal broke in late August, it has become common knowledge that political campaigns in high-profile races send "trackers" to follow the opposition with video cameras, so any gaffe can be captured for the whole wide world to see. Now, it appears, when it comes to trackers, Allen volunteers have not only learned the opposition's playbook, but are also starting to play defense.
At today's Allen campaign stop at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, an event that included former Delegate Paul Harris, Albemarle GOP chair Keith Drake was observed intentionally blocking the Webb tracker's camera lens. During a question-and-answer period following a stump speech, Drake held his digital camera a fraction about an inch from the tracker's lens. He also made a point of using his significant height advantage to stand directly in front of the tracker (see picture at left).
Asked why he felt the need to impede, an unrepentant Drake said, "She wasn't being respectful. People were excited about George Allen and excited to talk about him; but she began shushing them, and that was disrespectful."
The tracker declined comment on her tendency to "shush" at least one conversation and would identify herself to the Hook only as Joan. "I'm not supposed to talk to the press," said Joan. "But do feel free to write about what you've observed."
UPDATE, October 6: "Joan" has posted an edited account of her experience at CHO on YouTube.com.