Minutes after Christine O'Donnell walked off her interview with Piers Morgan, I walked into her green room to escort her and her team out of the building. It's standard procedure for a member of our team to walk each and every guest out after the show. Sometimes that means you get lucky and ride in an elevator with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Other times, that means you're the first person Christine O'Donnell meets after she storms off the set, upset with questions regarding her stance on gay marriage.
I patiently waited outside her green room trying to figure out the right time to go in and introduce myself, all the while, listening to Christine and her people loudly bash Piers and criticize our show. Soon it became apparent that there was no "right" time to go in. Christine was kind to me but obviously upset about what just happened. (She called Piers a "mean Brit" and told me she was warned not to come on his show.) The people in her party were just as shocked by what went down as we were that they pulled her off the set when being asked such a simple question – one that many politicians are asked every day.
No producer plans for a guest to walk out of an interview, and when interviewing a politician, it's only natural you'd ask them what their opinion was on controversial legislation. For a reason unknown to all of us, Christine chose to dodge that question.
I'm not known for keeping my opinions to myself or not standing up for what I think is right. I never thought I'd say that Christine O'Donnell – a polarizing figure in the Republican party – actually gave me a personal opportunity to bite my tongue. As she stood there justifying why she walked out and why Piers was a "mean talk show host," all I wanted to say was...why didn't you just answer the question, Christine? Certainly it wasn't the first time she had been asked such a thing.
After an uncomfortable 15 minutes with Christine and her people, it was time to go. She shook my hand, thanked me and walked out the door. As for the others in her party? Some said goodbye and some didn't acknowledge me at all.
With gay marriage and equal rights at the forefront of so many campaigns and voters minds, it's often that issue that wins or loses support for a politician. This is a democracy and there are varying opinions on the subject – but as a politician, at least be confident enough to express your views.
As we were leaving, I forgot to tell Christine that I've walked in the NYC Gay Pride Parade...it was almost as fun as walking her out.