Schuette says 1989 video is "embarassing" and he "regrets it"

Video clip of Bill Schuette from 1989.PNG

A video posted by a democratic political action committee of Bill Schuette has caused both sides of the gubernatorial race to respond.

The video posted by American Bridge, “a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions,” shows an interview that took place in 1989 with Schuette, then a member of the U.S. House. The group posted the video on Twitter and did not provide any context.

In the video, Schuette makes several comments to someone can be heard but not seen, apparently behind the camera. That person asked Schuette to move closer to a lamp; to which he replied with, “I’ll do anything you want, some things I may not let you run the camera on.”

His campaign said Schuette doesn’t recall the interview or this “apparent interview outtake,” but did issue a statement:

That apparently was my poor attempt to be humorous 30 years ago. The video, which appears to be edited with only one short portion shown, has been in the public domain for some time. It’s fortunate for me that Cynthia came into my life and let me know that I am not a very funny guy, but this is no less embarrassing to me today and I regret it.

Schuette is facing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in the gubernatorial race. Whitmer responding to the video on Twitter with a statement of her own.

Schuette served as Representative from Michigan’s 10th Congressional District from 1985 to 1991.

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