Newspaper: Hinchey team’s lying about assault on reporter

posted at 8:29 pm on October 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, YNN reported that Democratic incumbent Rep. Maurice Hinchey had assaulted a newspaper reporter after a debate with George Phillips in the NY-22 race.  YNN’s videographer reported that Hinchey had “made a beeline” for Kingston Daily Freeman reporter Bill Kemble after he had asked Hinchey about a potential conflict of interest in the Partition Street Project, a project for which Hinchey had earmarked federal funds and in which  the Freeman had reported Hinchey and his business partners to have financial interests, directly and indirectly.  Hinchey’s campaign released a statement late yesterday that Kemble “took an aggressive step” towards the Congressman, which precipitated the physical altercation.

This evening, the Kingston Freeman took exception to that — and to a number of other claims Hinchey made at the time, too.  Tony Adamis, the managing editor, sent Hot Air this statement, which I will produce in full:

I am the managing editor of the Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY, for which the reporter, William Kemble, works. The following is a statement I have prepared in response to the misrepresentations of this incident by Congressman Hinchey’s office:

There was an incident. Mr. Kemble says the congressman put a hand on his neck. A third party who witnessed the incident says he did not see that, but did see the congressman jabbing Mr. Kemble in the chest with his finger. Yet another witness says Kemble was pushed into the path of another person by the congressman.

For his part, Mr. Kemble views the incident as an unwanted distraction to his work.

However, as managing editor, I take seriously the issue of anyone, including a congressman, putting their hand on or jabbing with a finger a reporter who is simply doing his job.

Further, the Hinchey camp’s characterizations of the incident as either prompted by aggressive action by Mr. Kemble or by false accusations they claim he and the Freeman have made are untrue.

First, the videotape of the questioning of Mr. Hinchey clearly shows that while Kemble was persistent, he was professional and even in tone, while it was Hinchey who lost his composure. The congressman should own up to what everyone can see.

Second, the specific question that Mr. Kemble was asking prior to the incident and which apparently provoked the congressman involves Hinchey’s real estate interest in a commercial Saugerties development which was referenced in a congressional disclosure form for funding of a Hudson River ferry project. To our knowledge, Congressman Hinchey has never answered questions about that connection, which is why Mr. Kemble was posing the question to him.

We stand by our reporting on federal funding to an area Mr. Hinchey represents . We have made no false allegations nor has Mr. Hinchey proven once, never mind “numerous times,” that any of our reporting was false.

Readers may judge for themselves. The stories are posted online at:

— “Hinchey tops in local pork,” May 18, http://ow.ly/2UxaC

— “Hinchey stresses his lack of involvement in Saugerties development,” May 21, http://ow.ly/2Ux8a

— “Hinchey misstated use of federal grant for Saugerties,” May 21 — http://ow.ly/2Ux5q

Finally, Mr. Hinchey has made a practice of not answering questions about his financial connections to projects benefitting from federal grants. He stopped cooperating early in the process with our investigation into the connection between his advocacy of federal grants and his own financial interests. His brushoff of questions from Mr. Kemble on Oct. 14 was simply the latest instance of his unresponsiveness.

I noted the “odd coincidences” of Hinchey’s pork in this post, linking to the Daily Freeman’s reporting. As far as Kemble’s approach to Hinchey, here’s the video in which Hinchey explains his position by the time-honored response of “shut up”:

Just to make this clear, Hinchey had in his Congressional disclosures a statement showing him as partial owner of the land for the Partition Street Project. That apparently was confirmed at the time by Hinchey himself.  The questions asked above do not sound like an unprofessional intrusion in a private conversation, but a professional question at a public event for an elected Representative. Hinchey may not like accountability, but if so, then he should get out of Congress or his constituents should ensure that Hinchey doesn’t return again to Washington.

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Hoping that the door hits him on the backside on the way out!

hawkman on October 16, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Hinchey stresses his lack of involvement in Saugerties development
Published: Friday, May 21, 2010
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SAUGERTIES — U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey has a financial interest in the Partition Street Project, which is to be constructed within the village for which he secured $800,000 in federal funding for a sewer infrastructure project his office called “critical to the village’s commercial future.”

Hinchey also secured funding for infrastructure improvements along Kings Highway in 2006 and 2008 before the federal government purchased property there in November for the Army Reserve Center project from a group that includes John Mullen, a partner of Hinchey’s in the Partition Street Project.

HINCHEY, D-Hurley, said his only involvement in the planned Partition Street Project development on the former Cantine Mill property is as a partial owner of the land. He said he owns a quarter of the land, while Thomas Struzzieri, executive director of the Horse Shows in the Sun equestrian operation in Saugerties, owns half, and Mullen, of J. Mullen and Sons, owns another quarter.

http://www.freemanonline.com/articles/2010/05/21/news/doc4bf60ccc73723880294024.txt

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 8:41 PM

In that video everything about Hinchey from his body language to his pompous a$$ attitude resembles a connected tough guy guido.

I wonder if he is ‘connected’. It is New York after all. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if his interests go beyond self and delves into tribute territory.

FlatFoot on October 16, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Whu Ur Yew? Whu Ur Yew?

Lanceman on October 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The lady who interupts Mr. Kemble seems like she is trying to protect Rep. Hinchey. I know reporting is competitive but it appeared Mr. Kemble was on track to put Rep. Hinchey in a corner where he would have to admit his involvement or profiting from federal grants.

fourdeucer on October 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM

By way of comparison, does anyone know where that North Carolina Congressman that bear-hugged the reporter a couple months ago stands in the latest polls?

BKeyser on October 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM

by another odd coincidence I can find no word of this in the Times.

rob verdi on October 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Hinchey Tangles With Reporter (Updated)

UPDATE1: The money in question apparently was for a water-sewer project in the village of Saugerties that is not directly connected to the project.

http://capitaltonight.com/2010/10/hinchey-tangles-with-reporter/

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Whu Ur Yew? Whu Ur Yew?

Lanceman on October 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Lanceman:Exactly!!:)

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Isn’t this what Paladino was talking about, the rank corruption going on in New York’s Government. And New Yorkers are going to put the Fox – Cuomo, in charge of the hen house.

Dr Evil on October 16, 2010 at 9:05 PM

One things for sure, Dingy Harry Reid’s got nothing on this “tough guy” when it comes to avoiding answering a question at all costs, or being a creep.

Gang-of-One on October 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Maybe…..Hinchey is listening to Obama`s
hand to hand combat rally cry….a wee bit
too…seriously!!

Jus sayin!

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Better Headline: Incumbent demonstrates “beltway” power.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on October 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM

or in Iowahawks’s terms

Mr Hinckley, the peasants in the forest are angry, what do you want to you

>attack peasants

r keller on October 16, 2010 at 9:14 PM

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

One lucky pilot..:)

PS..Hotty Totty..:)

Dire Straits on October 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM

These people are collectively losing it. Seriously, this is fun to watch.

SouthernGent on October 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM
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One lucky pilot..:)

PS..Hotty Totty..:)

Dire Straits on October 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Dire Straits: Freaggin ouch,hey,have you ever been to these
sites!!:)
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http://www.ehowa.com/

http://www.flightlevel350.com/

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

These people are collectively losing it. Seriously, this is fun to watch.

SouthernGent on October 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

SouthernGent:So true,and as the results start coming on,
the MSM Funerals will start!:)

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

No I have not been to those sites..I will check them out..:)

Dire Straits on October 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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No I have not been to those sites..I will check them out..:)

Dire Straits on October 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Dire Straits: Thats a Hot Totty 10-4—-:)

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

MSM Funerals? Hmmm….

I gotta get by black suit to the cleaners.

SlaveDog on October 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Repealing/Restoring America/2010-2012
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canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Sh*t,first time posting on zee wrong thread!

Repealing/Restoring America/2010-2012
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canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 10:12 PM

No matter which witness or the accuser the assault charge sticks. Looks like Hinchey is gonna see some court time at least.
The Expert Knows
http://theexpertsblog.blogspot.com

HotAirExpert on October 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Seems like reporters don’t know their place under the current Democratic regime. They are to tout DNC talking points; cover up errors and omissions; make things look rosy when they’re actually falling apart; and above all, to praise the Obamassiah on each and every occasion.

Other than that, they can STFU!

GarandFan on October 17, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Hinchey has been so successful in simply ducking or ignoring these questions in the past that he refuses to believe he can be forced to answer them. His temper flares when they are asked.

He doesn’t act like an innocent man. An innocent man would invite the questions, answer them fully, and clear the air and his name. Hinchey acts like a man with something to hide.

Adjoran on October 17, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Dire Straits: Thats a Hot Totty 10-4—-:)

canopfor on October 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Canop, I believe Dire may have been referring to this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAlMDJUt3Y

Am I correct in my assumption D.S.?

There’s more than one Rebel Bear Rebel in the Hot Air House?

Long live Col.Reb!

soundingboard on October 17, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Remember that Hinchey introduced the bill to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, in an effort to squelch talk radio.

SUPPORT HINCHEY’S OPPONENT, George Phillips, and do it NOW. Conservative warriors, now is the time to fight for free speech!

OneVision on October 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM

And there are those who wonder why we are upset with our ruling elite.

rbj on October 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM