You can’t make this up. This morning, Minnesota Public Radio is reporting that when asked a question by a voter, investment banker Mike McFadden literally fled the scene — walking out of the room and refusing to answer.
Minnesotans know McFadden has a long history of avoiding voters and the issues. But until today we did not know that he actually ran away from a voter when pressed on an issue.
Check it out for yourself:
Mike McFadden walked into caucus meetings a few weeks ago in Apple Valley wanting to talk federal budget and the Affordable Care Act.
Then came a question about his view on the Patriot Act and its power to hold people indefinitely without being charged. The GOP candidate for Senate left the room without answering, telling caucus-goers, “I’ve got to run to another meeting.”
Pressed by a reporter in the hallway, he offered an answer that had nothing to do with the Patriot Act. “Once again, my focus is on the economy, education and health care.”
For his critics, it was fresh evidence that McFadden, a first-time candidate and one of half a dozen Republicans competing to run against DFL Sen. Al Franken, was ducking issues.
McFadden’s initial response to the Patriot Act question at the caucus in Apple Valley still frustrates 62-year-old Larry Billson, the guy who asked the question.
“He ducked. He literally put his head down and walked out of the room and said I’ve got to go,” Billson recalled.
Billson said he was sorely disappointed with McFadden’s refusal to answer his question, calling it “kind of cowardly.” He said he would never vote for McFadden. [MPR, 2/21/14]