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  Michael Baumgartner, Washington GOP Senate Candidate, Admits Telling Reporter To 'Go F--- Yourself'
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AuthorNick Wing
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News DateThursday, August 23, 2012 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMichael Baumgartner, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington State, took exception to an article written about him this week, emailing the author to tell him to "go **** yourself."

Josh Feit, a reporter for PubliCola blog at Seattle Met Magazine, had interviewed Baumgartner earlier in the week and written a story about how the Republican state senator's views on abortion were similar to those of embattled GOP congressman and Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin.

Akin sent shockwaves across the political sphere bysuggesting that "legitimate rape" victims had biological "ways to shut" down pregnancies on their own. Beyond being factually incorrect, Akin's statement also managed to put the strict anti-abortion views of the Republican Party front and center.

On Tuesday, the GOP followed the Akin controversy by approving a plank to its draft platform calling for a constitutional ban on abortion, without an exception for rape.

Baumgartner, like Akin, reportedly opposes abortion even in the cases of rape. While he was quick to condemn Akin's "inexcusable and stupid and ignorant" remarks, Feit reported that their views on abortion were fundamentally identical.

But Baumgartner was apparently upset by Feit's article. As a former diplomat serving in Iraq, and an embedded adviser to the Afghan counternarcotics team in 2009, Baumgartner has attempted to campaign on a platform of ending the war in Afghanistan, a detail that Feit noted in his original story. While reporting on the candidate's anti-abortion stance, Feit also included a statement from Baumgartner decrying the "culture wars" and urging a serious look at foreign policy.
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