On second — or is third? — thought, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane said he actually is not sorry he emailed local reporter Josh Feit to go “(expletive) yourself” on Monday night. Baumgartner, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said that Feit “completely had it coming.”
Baumgartner is running an underdog race against Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell. He said he wasn’t drinking or feeling the stress of the campaign when he sent Feit the bad-word missive late Monday from his personal email account. He wouldn’t elaborate on the context, but apparently was angry his platform to end the Afghan war has not gotten more media attention.
Baumgartner’s staff sent out a statement Tuesday night, saying the candidate was sorry for using such strong language. Baumgartner then said he never approved that statement. “When I became aware of that, I said, ‘I am not, in fact, apologizing'” and amended the statement.