SPOKANE - U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner apologized Tuesday afternoon for sending a profanity-laced email to a Seattle area political blogger. Sort of.
The email, which came from Baumgartner’s personal email account, was published on the blog PublicCola Tuesday. It showed a picture of a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan last week. Baumgartner wrote: “Take a good look and then go f&%k yourself.”
Baumgartner, a state senator running against Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell, said the email he sent to Joe Feit of PubliCola was meant to be a private email.
He went on to say he sent the message out of frustration that more media attention has not been given to his campaign platform to end the war in Afghanistan.
“I apologize to Josh for my strong language,” Baumgartner said in a statement. “The problem is that many media outlets, including PubliCola, do not want to talk about why these men and women continue to be killed. They don’t want to discuss Maria Cantwell’s record supporting the war in Afghanistan or a smarter foreign policy that can save thousands of lives in the future.”
Despite the statement his office released, Baumgartner told KREM 2 News he does not apologize and that Feit “had it coming.”