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Warning: For any young staffer looking to break into the wild world of political press, let this be an example of what NOT to do when it comes to answering a reporter’s question.

Via Hotline’s Wake Up Call
“He didn’t want to establish a precedent. … Today it’s Viagra, tomorrow it’s a more expensive medication for high-blood pressure or cholesterol” — MO GOV candidate/Rep. Kenny Hulshof’s (R) spokesperson, Scott Baker, on the real reason Hulshof voted to continue federal Medicare and Medicaid coverage of Viagra (AP).

Never should you be caught on the record using the word “Viagra”. No matter what context, it’s not going to turn out well for you and it’s often a career-ender.

Had the AP ran the entire quote, the rest would’ve gone something like this:

“Moreover, he felt it was his constitutional obligation to uphold an old man’s inalienable right to the ‘pursuit of happiness.’ You got a problem with that? Take it up with Tommy Jefferson.”