Wow: When Barry Met Kathy
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — 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 said 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. (Watch the punch being thrown, senator’s explanation )
Barron denied saying that to Bishop. He said the Jasper senator used an expletive to him and he was trying to get away when he was hit by Bishop on the side of the head near an ear. He said he had not decided if he would file charges.
“I would like to finish today in a productive manner. I will evaluate the situation tomorrow on what I may do,” Barron said.
After the punch, Barron 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.
Here’s the video. Make sure to watch the whole thing as Bishop explains why he got mad. He sounds a little like Zell Miller taking on Chris Matthews during the 2004 Republican National Convention – LOL:
Can’t we all just get along?