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Rubio, Paul staffers throw down in barroom fight. Police called to the scene!

This can’t be good for either campaign.

A top official for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio allegedly threw a punch at a Mackinac Island barroom at a Michigan consultant working for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul during a large Republican gathering on Thursday night.

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I guess sometimes there can be too much testosterone in the room but you would think grown adults would be a lot more responsible working for these campaigns. The alleged incident took place at Horn’s Bar, a popular nightspot on Mackinac Island, which hosts the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

The conference is held every other year and has drawn six GOP presidential hopefuls this year.

Rich Beeson

John Yob, national political director and chief Michigan strategist for the Rand Paul campaign, said on Facebook Friday morning that he was punched in the face inside the bar by Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for Rubio.

“I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I didn’t even know who it was at first because he isn’t relevant in our political world,” Yob said. “He literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face. The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles. This will play out in the national media in the next few hours.”

An officer at the Mackinac Island Police Department early Friday would neither confirm nor deny that the incident took place. He said there would be no comment until the chief of police arrives at the station later this morning. Beeson did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

An incident involving alcohol, a punch and Horn’s Bar is already part of Michigan political lore.

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Seems like kids just can’t go anywhere without starting trouble huh? Will this have an impact on campaigns?

h/t – TPM, Detroit Free Press


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