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Minnesota GOP Lawmaker Rips Microphone Out Of Opponent’s Hand During Debate

During a debate for a seat in the Minnesota state legislature, four-term incumbent Republican Rep. Duane Quam and his opponent, Democrat Jamie Mahlberg, were passing a microphone back and forth while discussing issues of interest to their constituents. During one question, however, Quam raised his card to indicate he wanted to offer a rebuttal of something Mahlberg said. Instead of waiting, Quam grabbed the microphone out of his opponent’s hands, causing her to recoil in surprise.

Voters in the area are not looking kindly upon Quam’s behavior.


When Quam was done, he tried to hand the microphone back to Mahlberg, but she refused to dignify his behavior.

When she didn’t take it back, he tossed it in front of her.

Mahlberg later commented to Splinter:

It was disappointing to be on the receiving end of such disrespectful behavior from my current representative, but ultimately I’m focused on my campaign and the hard work I will continue to do to earn the support of the voters of the district.

Quam later apologized to the Post-Bulletin:

I respect Jamie and my actions at last night’s forum did not reflect that. Unfortunately, my nerves got the best of me with our timed responses and I was not as graceful as I should have been while we shared the microphone. My sincere apologies to Jamie and I look forward to continuing a positive campaign.

Obviously, Twitter was having none of this kind of behavior.

In 2016, Quam won the election by a 60-40 margin. Things may be closer this time around. In fact, the end result might be different altogether.

H/T – HuffpostPost-bulletin, Splinter


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--