New York State Sen. Tom O’Mara (R) apologized yesterday after a video of him cursing at a man surfaced.
In the video (below), published by the Times Union, an unidentified man approached O'Mara and his wife who were sitting in their car on Dec. 13, 2014.
The anonymous cameraman asked O'Mara about his support for a proposed liquified petroleum gas storage facility near a lake. O'Mara claimed the proposal had been "pretty well examined and is okay to do from what I've seen."
When the man asked O'mara where he got his information, the encounter began going downhill. O'Mara wasn't able to cite his sources, but his wife defended him. In response, the man said, “That’s interesting.”
According to Uproxx.com, O'Mara then went on an expletive-filled rant:
“What do you mean, ‘That’s interesting?' What the f--- do you mean, ‘That’s interesting?' Tell me. For crying out loud, what the f--- do you mean, 'That's interesting?' I’ve done nothing other than sit here and answer your f------ questions and you tell me that’s f------- interesting? You're a f------ douchebag. Get the f--- out of my face right now! Now! No, move, move, move asswipe now! I’ve had enough of you and your kind, get the f--- out of here! I've had enough, get the f--- out of here!"
According to the Times Union, O'Mara issued an apology that was laced with personal justification:
“It soon became obvious that this individual’s intent was not to have a brief or friendly discussion and be on his way. Truthfully, it began to feel a little threatening with this person leaning into our car, at close proximity for several minutes and becoming condescending to my wife. My only concern became personal safety and to get this person out of our car and away from us.”
“In hindsight, and especially in light of the fact that he was surreptitiously recording the exchange, I should not have attempted to respond to an unidentified stranger who was clearly looking to give me and my wife a hard time for his own purposes. He picked the wrong time and the wrong place to pull a stunt — a dimly lit parking lot while leaning into someone’s vehicle to secretly record a conversation without ever truthfully identifying yourself. He may have thought he was just pulling off some kind of a clever trap, but he should understand that there’s no way for us to know his intentions at the time."
It’s regrettable that the exchange ultimately turned heated and, as an elected official, I regret the words and tone that were used. I still don’t like the underhanded tactics, but I should know better.”
Last year, O'Mara proposed a bill to stop welfare recipients from buying non-essential items (video below).
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