With today's start of the Democratic convention, the media is focusing most of its coverage on Democratic efforts to portray a positive image and profiles on the nominee himself. Clouding the picture, however, are comments made by the candidate's wife, who told a reporter last night to "shove it."
It's no secret inside the Kerry campaign that Teresa Heinz is a loose cannon, but she is not being told to stifle her feelings or anger when campaign events or news coverage goes awry, campaign insiders say. Managing her became an issue today at the Democratic National Convention when TV cameras caught her telling a reporter to "shove it" because she didn't like his line of questioning about one of her speaking engagements. Campaign officials today simply shrugged when asked if the comment hurt the campaign, or if she can be handled better. "She just says what she thinks about what's in front of her," said campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill. Then, she added, when asked about managing Mrs. Kerry, "there are those things that you can do and things you can't." Strategist Tad Devine added, "She has a way of putting things that are very powerful."
Paul Bedard, U.S. News