LEE'S SUMMIT, Missouri - Republican Roy Blunt is doing a highway version of the "whistle-stop" train tour, and it kicked off Wednesday in and around Kansas City.
His campaign stop in Lee’s Summit was pretty typical, but afterwards, Blunt got angry with reporters asking questions about a controversy that has dogged his campaign since last week.
Blunt greeted supporters with smiles.
But when reporters wanted to talk, Blunt was on the defensive, saying he would take only one question.
So it was about the controversy over letters he wrote to try to help an immigrant woman 20 years ago.
Democrats say he was pulling strings.
"It's desperation politics on their side. These issues are bigger than that. We put a statement out on that at the time," said Blunt.
Blunt would not say whether he knew the woman.
When he's asked again, Blunt returns and forcefully repeats what he said before:
"We put a statement out on that at the time. And it's exactly accurate. You read it , you know what it says."
Blunt then walked away for good, storming out of the event without taking any other questions.
The incident happened when Blunt was Missouri Secretary of State.
Documents show the Nicaraguan immigrant was not authorized to work, but she told the Kansas City Star she had worked for the Blunt's for about six months in 1990.
But the statement put out by the campaign said she had "..never worked for the Blunts."
Watch video of Blunt dealing with the question by clicking on the attached media player.
Blunt is seeking an open Missouri seat in the U.S. Senate.
The Missouri Democratic Party has been pushing the story and says Blunt should clarify details.
"He's the master of special favors so he wanted to continue that special favor for an illegal worker who was in his wife's employment. And now he doesn't want to face the truth," said Stephen Bough, a local Democratic spokesman.
Blunt's now on a 50 stop bus tour in the final push for his senate campaign.
A big question is whether this will affect the race between Blunt and his Democratic opponent, Robin Carnahan.
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