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New York Lawmaker Apologizes For Profanity-Laced Rant

State Senator Tom O'Mara cracks under gentle questioning by someone genuinely concerned about explosive gas stored next to a lake.

[Caution: Video NSFW]

Politicians really don't like it when their spin isn't lapped up like milk on a kitten's plate. Watch Tom O'Mara go completely ballistic when a reporter asks him about his support for an underground liquid propane gas storage facility.

Everything goes well for the first couple of minutes as O'Mara gives the same talking points over and over. But then things change.

While much of the conversation is polite, O'Mara and the man clearly disagree about the issue.

But when the questioner responds to O'Mara's wife's defense of her husband by saying "that's interesting," the senator loses his cool. It happens right at about the 4:15 mark in the video above.

"What do you mean 'that's interesting?'" O'Mara said. "What the fuck do you mean 'that's interesting?'"

"For crying out loud what the fuck do you mean that's interesting? I did nothing but sit here answering your fucking questions and you tell me that's fucking interesting? You're a fucking douchebag, get the fuck out of my face, right now. Now! Move. Move. Move, asswipe, now. I've had enough of you and your kind. Get the fuck out of here. I've had enough."

O'Mara shouts so loud that his voice cracks at times.

After the video spread all the way across the Internet, O'Mara issued one of those non-apology apologies.

"It’s regrettable that the exchange ultimately turned heated and, as an elected official, I regret the words and tone that were used," the statement cited by the Times Union read in part. "I still don’t like the underhanded tactics, but I should know better."

I'm not sure what part was underhanded. Was it the part where his questioner didn't lap up Mrs. O'Mara's line that he would "never, ever, ever, ever do anything that would contaminate this area in any way, shape or form"?

Or was it the part where he had the video camera turned on?


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