GOP Candidate Arrested for Assaulting Man Who Called Him ‘RINO’

“RINO” is apparently a fighting word in Orange County, Texas—at least if you’re running for office as a Republican.

Jerry Wilson, a 70-year-old candidate for local GOP chairman, was arrested Tuesday for assaulting a man outside an early voting station. Wilson said the man, a longtime rival, was pulling up his campaign signs and replacing them with placards warning, “Don’t Vote for RINO Jerry.”

“I was so damn mad and he was sitting there,” Wilson told KFDM (not the band). “This feud has been going on long enough. I’m 70 years old. I try to be as good a part of my community as I can. I walked over to him and said ‘you’re pulling up my signs and destroying them.’ He said ‘what are you going to do about it?’ It was a fight. He was landing punches, too. I can tell you this—he will remember the day. Whatever my punishment is, I’ll take it. If I had to do it over again I don’t think I’d change one thing. He deserved what he got.”

[h/t Raw Story / KFDM]

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