Claire was set up with her mic, the show was in progress for several minutes before they began with her. Her old friends were asking questions about the Colombian scandal.
“I’ve already told the public, this is a ridiculous story. I can of course easily prove where I was during the time the photos suggest that I was with the Ambassador. What I find unfortunate with this story is that there are people who are getting hurt by this. At this point, it doesn’t matter what happened. The Ambassador’s family has to put up with the humiliation of what could be. And for what? To hurt me and perhaps my re-election? Innocent people are getting hurt. This is an outrage.”
“Have you handed over your evidence to disprove this, Senator?”
Claire shook her head and laughed. “Scott, I thought that was your job. What do reporters do today? No more investigating? Has your position become so simple that you just take rumors and throw them out there? Come on, Scott. I know you’re better than that. This is a no brainer, easy.”
Scott was taken aback by her tone so with a surge of anger, asked his next question. “We also have photos of you and Senator Hancock in compromising moments, Senator. You can get all righteous on me in front of the camera, but you seem to have a habit of parading around with married men. I call that unprofessional, but you? You always talk about the poor little woman. Is that your way of throwing them off the path with you? Women with husbands should think seriously about letting them spend time with you.”
Claire could not believe what she was hearing. She stood and fussed with her mic. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, Scott. But this has gone beyond the rumors. I don’t make appearances on shows to be insulted.” She pulled the wire and threw it at the newsman. Then she paused and snatched it back. She put the mic up to her mouth and said, “I will expect an apology from you and your network within the next 24 hours. In fact, I’ll have my attorney insist that you no longer work here.” She threw the wires on the desk and stomped out.
Claire walked across the street and went into the studio where Rachel worked. She was already on the air so Claire went to the lobby where she made her first call.
“Bill, what the hell was Scott talking about? And don’t tell me you didn’t see it.”
“Claire, should we be talking? My wife is very upset so if she sees this call on my statement, I’ll have to try to explain you again to her.”
Claire’s head was spinning. “What wife? People talk about you, the single dashing Senator. Where is this coming from?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Claire. I told you how hard it was for me to be with you. My emotions are confused. You, my wife. I love you both, Honey.”
Claire hung up on him and called her attorney.
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