Sen. Lincoln Snaps at HuffPost and AP Reporters

By Betsy Rothstein 

blanch.jpg Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) did not appear to be in the mood Tuesday to chat with two reporters about reconciliation.

HuffPost’s Ryan Grim and AP’s Erica Werner sought Lincoln, a conservative Democrat from Arkansas, in the Capitol and asked her about her stance on reconciliation. As reported by HuffPost’s Grim: “‘No!’ she shouted from the double doors leading to the Senate Democratic cloakroom. In an agitated tone, she then explained further: ‘I don’t support reconciliation. All I said was I want to see what’s in it.'”

Grim told FishbowlDC that Lincoln was “flabbergasted at the idea that there was any confusion, even though her comment was that she was open to looking at language.” Grim said he understood Lincoln’s sharp tone and wasn’t surprised by it. “She’s under a lot of pressure,” he said.

Read Werner’s story that originally questioned Lincoln’s position here.

See Grim’s story here.

See Werner’s second story here.

Unlike Grim’s story, which reported Lincoln’s tone, Werner’s included an exclamation point and said Lincoln “walked quickly into a senator’s-only area without elaborating.”