Preparing for a TV appearance on a local California ABC affiliate yesterday, Senate GOP candidate Carly Fiorina was caught by a hot mic taking a dig at right-wing favorite Sean Hannity. She called California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s decision to go on Hannity’s Fox News show a day after the primary “a very bad choice,” adding, “You know how he is.” Last night, Fiorina indicated that she went crawling back:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: And I see that you learned the first lesson about getting caught on a hot mic. And I listened to it, and as I listened, I thought, Uh-oh, Sean’s going to be mad at you. […]
FIORINA: I talked with Sean a little earlier this evening and I apologized because what I was trying to convey was that he is a tough interview. By the way, that’s his job. It’s his job to be a tough interview. And I’m going on his show on Friday night and really looking forward to it.
Last year, a number of establishment Republicans who had criticized radio host Rush Limbaugh were forced to bow down and apologize to the GOP’s de facto leader days later. More recently, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) criticized Fox News for pushing misinformation about health care reform, but later walked back his comments after being confronted by host Neil Cavuto.
The open mic also caught Fiorina making fun of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) hair. But when Van Susteren asked about that comment, Fiorina refused to apologize. “My goodness, my hair’s been talked about by a million people, you know? It sort of goes with the territory,” she said.