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Sam Adams has given an in-depth interview to Hollie Teal, the blogger who organized the rally outside city hall last month. Teal admits that she doesn't exactly consider herself an objective journalist:
I received warnings that he was a cutthroat politician, that he was arrogant, and that he might be trying to manipulate me. It's fair to say that amidst my excitement, I was also cautious.
The big hug he gave me melted my caution a bit. I wasn't expecting him to be so warm, engaging and sincere.
I asked him how Ron Wyden's snub affected him: "It hurt," he said. He reiterated what he's said in the past: people need to go through their own response to what's happened. He added that the press had last month made it difficult for Sen. Wyden to speak about the economic stimulus plan because they were focused instead on Sam. For this reason, he felt it wasn't an unreasonable response for Wyden not to invite Sam to Monday's meeting, but it was more about the press causing a distraction than about Wyden not taking Sam seriously as a peer.