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Uploaded on Mar 7, 2010

From WIS

Rob Miller, Dem club trading blame on media snafu
Posted: Mar 05, 2010 11:28 PM Updated: Mar 05, 2010 11:28 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On February 18, Democratic congressional candidate Rob Miller gave a speech at the Greater Irmo Democratic Club. But when it came time for the speech, our cameras were not allowed in.

Now, fingers are being pointed about whose fault it was.




Miller is running for the congressional seat in District Two against Representative Joe Wilson. After Wilson's outburst toward President Obama, both Miller and Wilson raised millions. Wilson's supporters called him a hero. Miller's donors shelled out cash because he was not Joe Wilson.

While the money came in and the spotlight was on this race, Miller was nowhere to be found in the media. His campaign declined to speak with us, a decision Miller says he made for the state.

"My number one decision was that we're not going to try to find any national fame, we need to be on the ground here in South Carolina," Miller said.

Months after the outburst, Miller continued to campaign. WIS was invited to an event at the Greater Irmo Democratic Club. We spoke with Miller outside, but when it came time for the event to start, our photographer was told to leave.

"Not by my staff," said Miller.

But the Greater Irmo Democratic Club says the opposite.

"I just want to set the record straight, neither I or anyone from GIDC made the decision to exclude the media, especially after we invited the media in the first place," said Joanne Hafter. "It was Rob's campaign manager who was adamant about not having press coverage."

"I have never shut anybody out of an event," Miller contradicted. "My staff didn't shut anyone out of the event."

"We are being blamed for the snafu," said the club. "In fact, we were taken by surprise and spent many minutes and different conversations trying to deal with this unusual situation. The club and I are now being targeted as the source of this situation."

It's a situation Miller is being questioned about as he continues to run a campaign that some say is under the radar.

To hear more of Miller's interview, watch Newswatch Sunday morning on WIS at 10:30am.

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