I had been watching and following Ali Velshi and the CNN Express when
it started in Georgia and when I heard they were coming to Paducah I
knew I had to be there. I followed them on CNN and twitter and had a
good idea when they might arrive in Paducah, but I didn't know where
exactly where they were going to be. I gambled and went downtown. My
gamble paid off. Minutes after I arrived The CNN Express pulled in, Ali
Velshi and all.
I immediately began to shoot video and much to my surprise Ali Velshi asked me for an interview. We did the interview and I resumed shooting video and taking photos. As people began to gather around The CNN Express Mike Watt a free lance and political photographer suggested that CNN Express have a Town Hall meeting there. The CNN Express crew liked the idea and got several people to participate. I wasn't asked to be part of the group and had no input. All I was interested in was shooting video and photos.
While shooting video of the impromptu Town Hall meeting I was approached by what I consider a very rude young man. He asked me, who picked these people to be on the Town Hall panel? I responded by asking him what do you mean by these people? He responded by asking me, do you know these people? I responded by asking him do you know these people? He responded by asking me if I was with CNN? I told him no. I asked him again what he meant when he said these people and he began to say a few things about Heather Ryan. We then got into what I consider a heated discussion he reached over and touched my arm and I pretty much told him where to go! The young man then went over to Mike Watt and began talking to Mike and then managed to worm his way in to the impromptu Town Hall Meeting and make, what I consider, a total ass of himself on national TV with the infamous Hummer comment. Of course that's just my opinion.
I didn't think much about all that, after all it's Paducah, until the next day when I heard from a reliable source that accusations were made to CNN that several of the members of the Town Hall panel were members of Heather Ryan's campaign committee.
Ok now I'm pissed! Lies, lies, lies. I've done my research and found the names of those on the impromptu Town Hall panel and confirmed with Ms Ryan that none of these folks were on her campaign committee. Folks other than those on the panel also made comments and were acknowledged by Ali Velshi. I have video of the entire event and proof the accusations are nothing but lies.
Accusations like these are serious and I intend to find out who made them.
I know the Paducah big shots want to know about everything in advance so they can put their spin on it, and I suggest they would have known about the CNN Express if they watched something other than Fox News. I also have information from a reliable source about something else going on in Paducah that really smells, but that's another story and we will put it up when the timing is right. Stay tuned.
Ps: Don't send me your "Black Hurricane" emails.