The exchange took place as Senator Bunning was getting into an elevator in the Hart Senate Office Building.
“Excuse me! This is a Senators only elevator!” Bunning thundered.
I tried again to ask his reasons for blocking the bill, Bunning said he already explained his reasons last Thursday, when he said he wanted the $10 billion cost of the bill to be paid for, rather than simply adding to the national debt.
“Excuse me!” he yelled. “I’ve got to go to the floor!”
Senator Bunning was even more expressive before the cameras arrived, using a little sign language.
When Senate producer Z. Byron Wolf spotted Bunning exiting his office, Bunning said, “I’m not talking to anybody.” When Wolf asked him to stay and talk to our cameras, Bunning walked toward the elevator and shot the middle finger over his head.
He deserves to be voted into the Hall of Shame: Dirty Ballplayer, Dirty Senator.