Political expert Brian Kirwin gave an interview to MSNBC Friday, analyzing and defending Governor Chris Christie’s handling of hecklers in his recent speech.
Republican political and image consultant Brian Kirwin said Christie may have made a mistake in mostly ignoring the hecklers. “No one likes a heckler or someone that’s rude. When he does [engage], he gets cheers. He’s got to remind people why they liked him in the first place” and recapture his reputation as the governor who “sticks it back to them.”
Kirwin said that while Christie’s word choice of telling the heckler “we’re done with you” was not ideal, the governor “was at his most popular when he was populist and he was fighting.”
When comparing Christie’s actions with those of Obama, Kirwin said:
“Obama always wants to be the smartest one in the room. Christie has always wanted to be the beer buddy. What Obama does fits his image: intellectual, not emotional … That’s not Christie’s image. His is bare knuckles ‘you ready for a debate? I’m ready’ ” said Kirwin.