A Couple Republican Campaign Workers Bar Brawl On Island In Northern Michigan

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A Few Republicans Got Into A Bar Brawl Last Night On An Island In Northern Michigan

While Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are out battling on the campaign grounds, it sounds like some of the campaign workers are battling it out themselves. Last night at a bar on Mackinac Island, which is a small resort island in Northern Michigan, John Yob, who works for Paul, claims that Rich Beeson, Rubio’s campaign manager, clocked him right in the face.

From The Detroit Free Press:

A huge Republican political gathering on Mackinac Island got under way Thursday night with a barroom incident in which a top official for presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio allegedly threw a punch at a Michigan consultant working for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The alleged incident took place at Horn’s Bar, a popular nightspot on Mackinac Island, which hosts the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, which is held every other year and has drawn six GOP presidential hopefuls this year.

At first, you might be wondering why a bunch of Republicans are hanging around Michigan. I was too, so I did a little research on Mackinac Island by asking our resident Michigan PGP writer, Will DeFries, what the scene is like. From what he told me, this place is awesome. First of all, they don’t allow cars on the island, only horses, so you know it’s a place for the elite. He even went as far to call it the “Vegas of the North.”

Will even gave me some pics he took during his last go-around in the Mack.

"You hate us. You're never going to post that."

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All fun and games until Mint emails you about your overdraft fees.

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As you can see, life in Mackinac comes at you fast and hard. If you aren’t prepared, you’re going to get hit. Yob found this out the hard way and took to his Facebook account to give his firsthand experience of what exactly went down.

“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.

How about Yob just coming out firing by calling Rubio’s campaign manager irrelevant? All I gotta say is this: talk shit, get hit, John.

[via The Detroit Free Press]

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