Salas’ campaign says worker sent to the hospital after scuffle
State Senate candidate Mary Salas’ campaign is accusing workers from her opponent Juan Vargas’ campaign of assaulting a Salas campaign worker at a press conference this morning.
From Mary Salas’ campaign manager Barry Klein:
Here’s the deal: We start the press conference and these three guys who are associated with the Vargas campaign come out with signs and stuff and just start making a big ruckus, trying to interrupt the press conference and really trying to push their way into the television shots. So, of course, we’re going to do our best to get in their way and make sure they not get in there, but not physically, just getting in their path. They persisted and they heckled the press conference. Then one of our guys who had one of our signs up, blocking one of their signs, then he was basically wrestled down from behind and banged his head pretty bad on the concrete.
The campaign worker, as of this post, was in urgent care. Klein says the campaign and the worker have not yet decided whether to press charges. The San Diego Union-Tribune also has a story that describes it as a “tumble.”
We’ve sent an e-mail to Vargas’ campaign asking for a reaction to Salas’ press release (click here). The campaign says they will get back to us “shortly.” We’ll post their response as soon as it arrives.
Yesterday, we previewed the press conference by revealing that more than $400,000 has been spent by big corporate interests on Vargas’ behalf. At today’s conference, Salas and Congressman Bob Filner claimed that the group, Civil Justice Association of California, has actually spent more than $700,000.
UPDATE: Vargas campaign responded:
Mary Salas has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from health insurance companies and the same corporate interests she accuses of spending money on behalf of our campaign. Members of the Juan Vargas for Senate Team went to the Salas press conference this morning to set the record straight and inform the press about Mary’s deceitful, hypocritical claims. While at the press conference, Salas’ henchman and campaign manager, Jason Moore, began intimidating the Vargas staff and physically accosted three staff members until he eventually caused a scuffle.
They attached several documents and links with other allegations, but since it arrived in our inbox at 5 minutes before 5pm we won’t have a chance to dig into them until Monday.