Skip to comments.Democrat slugs area GOP chief, GPD says (GOP chief counters with good one-two punch)
Posted on 09/18/2004 5:36:43 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
Democrat slugs area GOP chief, GPD says
By LISE FISHER
Sun staff writer September 18. 2004 6:01AM
Politics in Gainesville turned rough and tumble Thursday night when, police say, a social behavior sciences instructor - a Democrat - punched the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee in the face.
David Philip McCally, 55, of Gainesville faces misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief charges after he was accused of hitting both committee chairman Travis Horn, 32, and a life-sized, cardboard cutout of President George Bush.
The incident occurred at the Republican headquarters in downtown Gainesville at about 7:30 p.m.
McCally went into the office at 1212 N. Main St. and hit the face of the Bush cutout, a police report states. Afterward he argued outside with Horn, police reported, then punched him in the face. Police said there was a fight and Horn struck McCally several times "but was not the primary aggressor and fought only in an attempt to escape from further conflict."
McCally was released on his own recognizance after his arrest and has been ordered not to have contact with Horn, court records show.
But McCally said he wants to see Horn charged for kicking him.
McCally said he went into a nearby restaurant after going into the Republican office, and Horn was standing by the door cursing him. He went out, Horn continued to curse him and stepped too close. McCally said he hit Horn and let him get up. Then Horn gave him "a good one-two punch" and McCally went down. But Horn continued to kick him, McCally said.
"I've got the stitches and bruises to prove it," he said.
As for hitting the cutout, McCally said, "I don't like old brother George. Truthfully, I kind of did it lightheartedly. I was just walking over there to order chicken, and I saw the cutout and I just walked in there and punched it."
McCally is a part-time instructor in social and behavioral sciences at Santa Fe Community College who started in January, confirmed college spokesman Larry Keen. He will be "removed" from the classroom pending an administrative review on Monday, he said.
Records at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office confirmed McCally's political party.
Reached Friday, Horn said, "I enjoy thoughtful debate with my counterparts on the left. I think this is what makes this country great, but when you cross the line with physical violence, it's absurd."
After hitting the cutout, Horn said McCally left the office where a Young Republicans meeting was taking place. When Horn went outside, he said McCally came up to him. "He proceeded to say how he had a Ph.D., and he was smarter than me. I'm a stupid Republican," and other comments laced with obscenities, he said.
Horn said he was hit and knocked into a wall.
His lips were cut and his nose injured.
"I then proceeded to defend myself," he said. "I used the minimum force necessary to subdue him."
The police report states Horn kicked McCally because McCally was holding on to Horn's legs.
Police happened to be pulling into the area at the time, Horn said. A police report states officers saw McCally throw what they later learned was the first punch.
"Of course I'm going to have a restraining order filed against him," Horn said. "I certainly will seek his removal from the classroom. Obviously he's shown a serious lack of judgment."
As for Horn's commitment to his political opinions, he said, "If I have to take a beating every day for George W. Bush to be president, I'll do that. My passion for my beliefs continues unabated."
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or email@example.com.
> social behavior sciences instructor - a Democrat
Perfect, I must say. Their talk, theories, and degrees mask a lack of character, a disdain for fair play, and an ugly, violent spirit. Reminds me of the peace protestors in NYC and the profane Kerryites who ubiquitously disrupt Internet bulletin boards.
Glad I still got my Homeland Defense Rifles complete with a couple hundred rounds of ammo for each sitting in the closet ready to go just like the Swiss homeguard. 8^)
Obviously they do not . Sadly however more conservatives need to get to the firing range & the gym/dojo as the leftists are libel to get rather uncouth when they lose even more power & people continue to think that the ideas the spout are nuts.
Or, an ass whipin. lol
CBS headline: 32 year old beats senior citizen.
32 year old REPUBLICAN beats senior citizen DEMOCRAT.
a social behavior sciences instructor
How's THAT for a laugh? I think maybe we should throw these college "instructors" in with the lawyers!
BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) is spreading fast among the left. There'll be mobs in the streets on Nov.3 after the GOP landslide
I hadn't considered that. Guess I better stock up on ammo.
Of course. How could I have missed that?
That's what it takes.
You can thank Ted Kennedy, Al Gore and Dick Gephardt for all the violence. The RATS have done a good job of turning RAT goons against citizens to deflect the sellout of the working man by Bill Clinton.
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