Davidson County, Tennessee, Election Commission Chairman Ron Buchanan resigned on Feb. 1 after he was caught on camera (video below) calling a local female TV reporter a "b----."
Alanna Autler, a reporter with WSMV, asked Buchanan about a restaurant meal for himself and election administrator Kent Wall that cost taxpayers $123.
"That charge was for a business meeting to discuss the budget on June 30 when the budget was approved July 1 and it was a very legitimate purchase,” Buchanan told Autler.
“Could you have gone to another restaurant that was perhaps not as expensive?” Cutler followed up.
As Buchanan walked away, Autler asked, “Can you explain the picture frame that is $600?”
Buchanan ended the interview, and said, “That’s exactly the b----- I thought you would be.”
“Wow, do you want to say that again Mr. Buchanan?” Autler replied.
Buchanan later told The Tennessean:
I said it I meant it. I still mean it, That was the one word that I could think of that accurately conveyed what I was thinking at that time."
I should not have used that terminology, but as the media has the freedom of press, individuals have the freedom of speech. And I can tell her what I think about her.
And I did that, and I don’t apologize for it. There are people that don’t think I should have done it and that it hurts politics in this area, and so be it.
Buchanan added: “I turned around and she made that personal comment. It had nothing to do with the issue at hand. And when she did, I turned around and said, ‘You b---- .’ "
Buchanan didn't say what the "personal comment" was, and it's not reflected in the video.