Called out and deservedly so on the Shaw matter
One of my anonymous commenters called me out and deservedly so. My mind was on other things lately, so I wasn't paying much attention. Here's where they gave me the business:
News flash: PP missed an easy oneGood call on that one, anon. In the beginning, he says here to the Rapid City Journal in his press conference:
Shaw keeps changing the story. In the Rapid City Journal it was:
"The lady driving it said, 'What are you doing?' " Shaw said. "I said 'I'm concerned about the safety of everyone here. What are you doing driving a car through here?' Ten seconds later the fair patrol grabs me."
Then a couple of days later he told the Argus Leader it was:
“I don’t remember having any conversation with her at all, I wouldn’t say I didn’t, but I don’t recall any conversation whatsoever."
Which is it?
“Sort of like somebody herding cattle,” he said. “They weren’t running into anybody, but it was kind of like, ‘Get out of my way.’”But that directly contradicts what he says here just three or four days later to the Des Moines Register (as related in the Argus):
That didn’t sit well with Shaw. He freely admits he was frustrated when he rapped on the back end of the SUV and asked the woman driving what she was doing driving through pedestrians. (my emphasis)
“It doesn’t sound accurate at all. First of all, I wasn’t with anybody, I was trying to be with somebody, my daughter, but there was no one else around,” he said. “I don’t remember having any conversation with her at all, I wouldn’t say I didn’t, but I don’t recall any conversation whatsoever."So did he or didn't he? The woman involved (in the same article) seems to tell a tale that he did much more than having no conversation ot the "what she was doing driving through pedestrians" statement:
Marchack said. “I finally said ‘Come on buddy, get out of the way! What are you doing?’ He didn’t respond. Then I said ‘You idiot!’ ”So, we have three versions of the tale at this point. And it appears that two differing ones belong to Mayor Shaw.
It was then that Shaw walked back to the car, Marchack said.
“He said ‘Who are you calling an idiot? You’re driving a car through this path here.’ I told him, ‘I’m trying to leave and if you would get out of my way I could,’ ” she said. “He said again ‘Who are you calling an idiot?’ and I didn’t want to repeat anything because I thought ‘This guy’s gonna hit you,’ ” Marchack recounted.
“He then said ‘If anybody’s an idiot, you are!’ and he slammed the car with his fist, very hard. I could see the anger on his face.” she said.