Lenar Whitney, a Louisiana state representative and Republican congressional candidate, abruptly exited an interview after a couple of questions that she obviously wasn't comfortable with. Yahoo Finance reported on July 30, 2014, that Whitney left the interview after being asked why she thought global warming was a hoax and if President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
The interview was with a major election-forecasting group known as the Cook Political Report. The interview was conducted by David Wasserman, the House editor for the group and he described his encounter with Whitney as "frightening."
Back in June, Whitney released a campaign video claiming that global warming was a "hoax" and she said the press was nothing more than "lamestream media."
During the interview with Whitney, who is running for Louisiana's open sixth district, Wasserman decided to start asking her about those issues.
The Washington Post detailed Wasserman's interview with Whitney, and it just continued to get weirder. He kept asking her for her exact thoughts on these pressing issues and really wanted to know the source of her claim that the earth is getting colder.
Wasserman states that she "froze and was unable to cite a single scientist, journal, or news source to back up her beliefs."
Seeing that this was a rather uncomfortable situation for Whitney, the subject was changed by Wasserman. He went on to ask Lenar Whitney whether she believed President Barack Obama was born in the United States or not.
Whitney said it was a rather controversial matter. This was when her aides stepped in, ended the interview, and she left.
Wasserman said that he was then accused of conducting a "Palin-style interview." He also said that this was the first time in hundreds of meetings that a candidate has gotten up and left the room during an interview.
After all was said and done, Lenar Whitney got on Facebook and slammed The Cook Political Report stating what they printed about her was "an outright lie." She says that she left the interview after he asked her if she was a "birther."