Delray Beach, Fla. — Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTrump's first dinner out in DC: His own hotel DC residents back Utah rep's primary challenger If Democrats want to take back the White House start now MORE (R-Utah) found his own tactics turned against him during a Newt Gingrich event here Friday afternoon.
Chaffetz, a Mitt Romney supporter, has been turning up at Gingrich events during the past two days, though he denied in a brief interview with The Hill that he was doing so in order to goad the former Speaker. He said he was merely there to "offer some perspective."
Hammond told Chaffetz that Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFather of slain Navy SEAL wants investigation A stronger NATO for a safer world Drug importation won't save dollars or lives MORE, a Romney supporter and former GOP nominee, has expressed distaste for the tactic of having campaign surrogates shadowing an opposing candidate's events. Chaffetz replied, "I am just here attending."
Hammond would not let the matter rest, though, teasing an increasingly uncomfortable Chaffetz that "I didn't even have to pay at a fundraiser to see you — that's exciting."
Hammond continued for several minutes in a similar vein, asking Chaffetz with fake bonhomie, "Where are you going next? Do you want our schedule for tomorrow? Are you going to join our charter to Tampa?"
As the barrage continued, an exasperated Chaffetz asked Hammond, "Are you serious?"