The top election official in Nashville resigned Monday after being captured on camera calling a local reporter a “bitch.”
Davidson County Election Commission Chairman Ron Buchanan was being grilled by WSMV-TV reporter Alana Aulter on seemingly outlandish expenses he had charged to his government account when he grew angry.
“Is it acceptable that you went to a restaurant such as Sperry’s for something that was Davidson County Election Commission business?” Aulter asked, referencing a $123 dinner he had at an upscale restaurant.
“That charge was for a business meeting to discuss the budget on June 30 when the budget was approved July 1 and it was a very legitimate purchase,” Buchanan replied.
“Could you have gone to another restaurant that was perhaps not as expensive?” Aulter pressed.
“That’s it,” Buchanan quipped, walking off camera.
“Can you explain the picture frame that was $614?” Aulter asked as he walked away.
Moments later, he returned to deliver a vulgar message.
“That’s exactly the kind of bitch I thought you would be,” Buchanan told Autler.
“Wow, do you want to say that again Mr. Buchanan?” Autler asked.
“No,” Buchanan said.
WSMV reported that a commission spokeswoman then stepped in and ended the interaction.
When the news package aired, an anchor for the station commented, “No one was prepared for what happened right in front of our camera.”
Buchanan resigned his post after Autler’s report aired Monday night and an audit of the commission’s spending has been ordered by the mayor.
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