Definitely not a mob: Multiple reports of left-wing partisans attacking GOP candidates, staffers

Whoever dubbed this the Jobs vs. Mobs election was on to something. Yesterday we had the threatening letter left at Sen. Collins’ home. Today, Fox News reports that a “tracker” with the left-wing group American Bridge 21st Century, Wilfred Stark, was arrested after manhandling the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt.

Kristin Davison and other officials for the Nevada attorney general’s campaign said the “battery” left her “terrified and traumatized” — and with bruises on her neck and arms.

“Politics is a little bit aggressive these days, but this is just insane. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Davison, 31, told Fox News on Wednesday…

“He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back,” she explained. “I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.”

Davison said Stark pulled her head into his chest, bruising her neck, and held her there for several minutes. She said it “felt like an hour.”

“I was scared and screaming ‘stop—you’re hurting me,’” she explained.

Davison said Stark warned Laxalt, saying, “Adam, there’s only one way you can make this stop.”

There are photos at the link showing some bruises on Davison’s arm. It’s also worth pointing out that Stark is significantly larger than she is. You can get an idea from the comparison photo below:

Stark was arrested Tuesday night and remains in the Las Vegas city jail. But that’s not the only story of assault circulating today. Minnesota House candidate Shane Mekeland says he was punched by a large man during an event at a local restaurant. From the Star Tribune:

Shane Mekeland…said that last Friday night, he was “blindsided” by an assailant as he spoke to patrons at a bar and restaurant he wouldn’t identify…

Mekeland said Monday that law enforcement told him the suspect admitted to attacking Mekeland unprovoked and said authorities were awaiting medical reports and surveillance footage.

Mekeland said he decided to go public about the attack to try to urge a return to “civil discourse.”

“Stay calm, be civil, it’s OK,” Mekeland said Monday. “My parents were on the opposite side for their entire marriage and it was 53 years. I grew up in it; they never fought over it.”

On his Facebook page, however, Mekeland pointed to “the media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary, and Eric Holder” as Democrats being responsible for “driving this behavior.”

Meanwhile, Minnesota State Representative Sarah Anderson, also a Republican, was attacked over the weekend by a self-described anarchist after she asked him to stop kicking her campaign signs. From WCCO:

She saw him kicking at her campaign sign — then others.

Parking her car, Anderson confronted the man.

“I said, ‘You can’t do this!’ And he said, ‘Yes, I can, I’m an anarchist! I can do whatever I want!’ And I said, ‘No, you can’t, that’s not your property,’” Anderson said.

When the man backed her into the street and yelled that she should kill herself, Anderson got back into her car. She realized she hadn’t managed to get a picture of him and drove to a nearby gas station where she could see he was walking. When she took a photo, he attacked:

He tried to stop her from leaving, punching her in the arm.

“I said, ‘I’m leaving now. I’m leaving now.’ And he was still with his head in my vehicle, just yelling,” Anderson said. “He was irrational, just completely irrational.”

Anderson says it is the only time in her life someone has punched her. Police say they have tentatively identified her attacker based on the photo she took of him in the gas station parking lot (see the clip below). The man in the photo appears to be wearing an anarchist t-shirt and charging at Anderson. Here’s the report from CCX News: