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Bar fight video: Rand Paul adviser says Rubio campaign manager clocked him in face; cops involved

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Patrick Yob (left) and Rich Beeson (right). Photo sources: Detroit News and West Michigan Politics Blog.

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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.”

Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who…

Posted by John Patrick Yob on Friday, September 18, 2015


Yob also took his gripes to Twitter, where he demanded that Rubio fire Rich Beeson, the alleged assailant who punched Yob in the face.

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:

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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