Skip to comments.Ala. Lawmaker Punches Senate Colleague
Posted on 06/07/2007 6:18:48 PM PDT by DesScorp
Simmering tensions in the Alabama Senate boiled over Thursday when a Republican lawmaker punched a Democratic colleague in the head before they were pulled apart.
Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)."
"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said. Alabama Public Television tape captured the punch.
Barron refused to comment and went into a closed-door meeting with other Democrats. Sen. Vivian Figures went into the meeting carrying first aid supplies, but she said he was not hurt.
Bishop said he regretted throwing the punch because "that's not the way grown men solve their problems," but added that he would not immediately apologize to Barron.
The fight came on the final day of the 2007 regular session of the Legislature. Republicans and a few Democrats have protested all session the Democratic majority's Senate rules, saying they were unfair. They want to bring up an election reform bill.
The Senate had just taken a recess Thursday afternoon when Bishop approached the chair where Barron was sitting. Moments later security officers and others rushed to separate the two senators.
Members of the Alabama House said the incident makes the entire Legislature look bad.
"It's certainly a black eye on the Legislature and the Senate in particular," Republican Rep. Jay Love said.
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Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim.
ROFLOL ... looks like Rep. Love has a good sense of humor!
I saw that on the news, ..funny.
This is unacceptable behavior. I hope the Alabama Senate gives him the boot and that he faces an assault charge as well.
‘bout damn time!! I’d like to see a good ole’ B-western bar room brawl on C-Span.
Haven't yet seen a legislature whose work product doesn't makes them look bad.
How about a little personal responsibility for the laws they pass...? Hmmm....?
I'd sure feel better about Trent if he did, though...
Nice right cross!
“Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim.”
Gee, wouldn’t that be bad. It’s not like he got physically assaulted or anything.
Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, shows the red mark on his neck where he was punched by fellow Sen. Charles Bishop, R-Jasper, on the Senate floor earlier in the day, while talking with the media Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Charles Bishop BUMP!
That’s it? That is the bruise? It is barely noticeable.
It's my opinion that there are certain things that a person can do or say to warrant receiving a punch in the face. I live by that standard, so why can't the rest of the world?
"Down goes Barron ! Down goes Barron !"
(With sincerest apologies to Mr. Cosell)
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