It has been said that politics, particularly presidential campaigns, can be brutal and bloody, though that is usually a figure of speech. However, the political fight that is the GOP primary just turned physical, based on multiple reports coming out of Michigan.
Staffers from several of the presidential campaigns have gathered in Mackinac Island, Michigan, to prepare for this weekend’s biennial Michigan Republican Leadership Conference.
Apparently many of those staffers met at Horn’s Gaslight Bar for some late-night drinking, only to have a confrontation break out between staffers from the Rand Paul and Marco Rubio campaigns, according to The Guardian.
Yob posted to Facebook, “I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I didn’t even know who it was at first as he isn’t relevant in our political world.”
“Anyway, he is Marco Rubio’s national campaign manager,” he said. “He literally physically assaulted me in the face.”
Yob added that the incident was caught on tape from multiple angles, including cell phone and surveillance camera footage, and that the police were looking for Beeson.
Via Yob, here's the video of the alleged punch pic.twitter.com/jsZIVqhstO
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“We’re aware of the initial reports and trying to find out what really happened,” said Rubio spokesman Alex Conant, while Paul’s campaign spokesperson declined additional comment.
Witnesses to the scuffle have come forward and appear to back up the claims of Yob, though others are saying the entire incident has been made to seem like a bigger deal than it really was.
“It wasn’t a brawl,” said Mackinac Island Police Chief Brett Riccinto. “If anything, it was a shove — literally a shove. This thing has been blown way, way, way out of proportion.”
“Somebody’s just trying to get more attention,” said bar owner Patti Ann Moskwa, noting both men played a role in the incident. “It’s just two babies that can’t get along.”
It remains to be seen how much of an effect, if any, this event will have on the respective presidential campaigns, though it would be safe to presume the staffers won’t be joining each other for drinks again anytime soon.
H/T The Hill
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