Council Chair Shoves, Winks at WTOP’s Mark Segraves: “I really don’t know how to take that.”
WTOP’s Mark Segraves
Council Chairman Kwame Brown does not want WTOP reporters asking him questions about the federal investigation into his 2010 campaign. In January, he got in a screaming match argument with then-WTOP host Mark Plotkin at Fox 5’s studio.
Then today, with rumors swirling and Bruce Johnson reporting that the US Attorney has approached Brown with charges, he shoved WTOP’s Mark Segraves outside the Council chambers.
In an interview, Segraves said he was waiting with two other reporters to talk to Brown in an hallway between Brown’s office and the Council chambers, ahead of today’s budget hearing. When Brown approached, Segraves asked him about Johnson’s report that he had been approached by the US Attorney.
In response, Segraves says, Brown shoved his elbow into Segraves’s chest.
“Sir, you don’t have to push me,” Segraves says on a recording of the exchange. The Examiner’s Alan Blinder described the shove as “not hard, but enough to send a message.”
After the exchange, Brown winked at Segraves from the Council dais. ”I really don’t know how to take that,” Segraves said in an interview.
Shoving aside, there was a lot of media attention at Council today, according to Segraves, from reporters who were looking to ask Brown about the scandal or get B-roll in case he’s indicted.
“There are definitely more reporters than have ever covered a budget vote,” Segraves said.
Where’s the long-promised Plotkin-Brown face-off video, Fox 5?