Social media is buzzing this morning, after a 1989 video has been uncovered of current Michigan attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette speaking to a female in what some define as “creepy” and “harassing” manners.
The video, seen below, was uncovered by an opposition research group called American Bridge. It shows the younger Schuette getting ready for a TV interview, when he apparently tried to hit on one of the females working on the film crew.
The female asks Schuette to “please move closer to the lamp?”
“I would be happy to move closer to the lamp,” Schuette responds. “I will do anything you want. Some things I may not let you run the camera on, but I will certainly happily…..”
The woman seems to explain that her goal is to try and make Schuette look “as good as possible,” on camera, to which he responds, “It’s no easy task. I admire your tenacity. I appreciate your spirit of Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt and Toulouse-Lautrec.”
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
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) October 11, 2018
Schuette denies recalling the event but his campaign says that it was just a “poor attempt” at being funny.
“That apparently was my poor attempt to be humorous 30 years ago,” he explained. “The video, which appears to be edited with only one short portion shown, has been in the public domain for some time.”
While the video is just a small clip, and we can’t see the entire filming and pre-filming of the whole segment, it’s hard to really say for sure what was going on. It’s possible that this woman had been flirting or joking with Schuette prior to or after this small clip was filmed, although she seems quite serious and non-flirtatious in this video. We will leave it up to you to decide.