Michael Meehan Shoves John McCormack

Democratic political strategist Michael Meehan was caught on camera Tuesday night shoving a reporter away from Senate hopeful Martha Coakley, and knocking him down in the process. The guy who got shoved to the ground was John McCormack, a reporter for the conservative news mag The Weekly Standard. Oops.

Michael Meehan goes to help up John McCormack after knocking him to the ground. (AP Photo)
McCormack wrote a column about the experience, explaining that he was trying to press Coakley on a statement she made saying that there were no terrorists in Afghanistan, and that they're all in Yemen and Pakistan. Instead of being allowed to ask the candidate what she meant, McCormack can be seen in the video being shoved out of the way and badgered for his press credentials.

Meehan said Wednesday that he misunderstood the situation and thought that McCormack was actually an operative working for Coakley's Republican opponent, Scott Brown. "I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence," Meehan said. "As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK."

McCormack told things from his perspective in his column. "I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street."

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