An interview clip that resurfaced this week is not a great look for Michigan's Republican gubernatorial nominee.
In a 1989 video posted by a Democratic opposition research organization, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, then a member of Congress, seems to creepily hit on a woman behind the camera as she sets up for an interview. When she asks him to move closer to a lamp, he tells her, "I will do anything you want," adding "some things I may not let you run the camera on." Next, Schuette compliments the woman for her "tenacity" and compares her camerawork to that of "Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Toulouse-Lautrec."
Schuette says he doesn't remember the clip, but that it seems to be a "poor attempt to be humorous 30 years ago," adding that it's "embarrassing" and "I regret it," The Detroit Free Press reports. Even before the video surfaced, Schuette was trailing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer by nine points in Michigan's gubernatorial race, according to Real Clear Politics' poll tracker.
Watch the video below. Brendan Morrow
We obtained this footage of @SchuetteOnDuty, dated from 1989. It seems... interesting. Can anyone give us more information about this video and who the woman is behind the camera? #migov pic.twitter.com/1ErYoodZZV
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