Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous uses the f-word during a press conference in response to a question about whether he's a socialist.
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous uttered a curse word during a news conference on Wednesday morning, responding to a reporter’s question by asking: “Are you f---- kidding me?”
He later apologized for what he called “inappropriate language.”
Jealous had called the event in Towson to announce several endorsements from elected officials — an hour before Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, held his own press conference about an endorsement a couple blocks away.
The Republican Governors Association is pounding Ben Jealous with attack ads — and has no plans to stop. if Jealous is hoping the Democratic Governors Association will return fire, he might be waiting a while.
The reporter followed up and asked Jealous for a direct answer as to whether he identifies as a socialist.
That’s when he responded with the F-word phrase, smiling, and added: “Is that a fine enough point? OK.”
Some of the elected officials behind Jealous raised eyebrows at the comment. No one commented on Jealous’ use of the word, however, and the news conference continued with more questions.
Hogan campaign spokesman Doug Mayer issued a statement in response to Jealous’ comment, saying: “The governor believes in raising the level of political discourse in our state and in our country, and cursing at reporters asking questions is the exact opposite of that. We need more people in public office who understand that words and tone matter not fewer – we already have plenty who don’t in Washington, D.C.”