The political silly season has only just begun – and it’s worse when cocktails are added to the mix.
The intense mood from Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate spilled over into Thursday when a Michigan bar fight broke out between Rand Paul’s political director and Marco Rubio’s campaign manager.
John Patrick Yob, who works for Paul, explained his side of the story on Facebook, and said he had video of the incident that would “play out in the national media in the next few hours.”
Yob also took his gripes to Twitter, where he demanded that Rubio fire Rich Beeson, the alleged assailant who punched Yob in the face.
Rich Beeson, the CM for Rubio, punched me in the face tonight on Mackinac Island. The Michigan State Police are looking for him. #MIGOP
— John Yob (@strategic) September 18, 2015
I am hereby calling on Marco Rubio to fire Rich Beeson immediately — John Yob (@strategic) September 18, 2015
Conservative blogger Brandon Hall was at Horn’s Gaslight Bar and witnessed the incident. Hall wrote in his blog:
As I was sitting at the bar talking to someone at Horn’s in Mackinac Island Thursday night, I witnessed Beeson suddenly, out of nowhere, approach one of Rand Paul’s advisers, John Yob — unprovoked — and try to hit him.
Beeson missed a full on shot but still struck Yob in the face with a powerful blow near the jaw.
The video that surfaced is already earning some social media mockery:
Via Yob, here’s the video of the alleged punch pic.twitter.com/jsZIVqhstO
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 18, 2015
@ZekeJMiller My grandma can throw a better punch.
— Hipster Douchebag (@DouchyHipster) September 18, 2015
@ZekeJMiller More of a ‘face push’…
— Georganne (@Georganne72) September 18, 2015
— #txlege (@TXlege) September 18, 2015
Rubio did not attend the leadership conference on Mackinac Island, where Paul was scheduled to speak Friday afternoon, and declined to comment on the incident Friday morning, the Detroit News reported.
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