UPDATE: Audio of Salazar’s threat against the reporter is now available. Check it out after the jump.
Yesterday we reported that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his ten-gallon hat were apparently on their way out.
Today we learned that he isn’t taking his impending ouster well.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter on a recent trip to Colorado, according to witnesses.
Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, tried to ask Salazar about his appointments to the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horse population in the state. Specifically, Philipps had questions about the government’s relationship with a wild horse buyer who allegedly sold more than 1,700 horses to Mexican slaughterhouses…
According to Kathrens, Salazar took two questions from Philipps before disagreeing with his line of questioning.
“Don’t you ever … You know what, you do that again… I’ll punch you out,” Salazar reportedly told Philipps before ending the interview and walking off.
The alleged incident took place when Salazar was in Colorado on Election Day, on behalf of the Obama campaign.
“The secretary regrets the exchange,” Interior spokesman Blake Androff told POLITICO.
“These threats would have been inappropriate coming from anyone, but the fact that it came out of the mouth of the Secretary of the Interior is alarming,” Kathrens said in a statement. “I can’t believe that a top official in Obama’s cabinet could be so defensive.”