A Minnesota Home candidate stated he suffered a concussion after he was attacked at a restaurant final week – all due to his political views.
Shane Mekeland, the Republican nominee for District 15B, was allegedly assaulted at an unidentified restaurant in St. George Township Friday between 9 and 10 p.m. In the course of the altercation, the person allegedly “punched” Mekeland within the face, the Benton County Sheriff’s Workplace stated in a information launch.
The alleged attacker was a person who was a “a lot, a lot larger particular person” who “didn’t appear harmful” when he first started to speak to Mekeland about his marketing campaign, the candidate advised the Star Tribune. However after some dialog, Mekeland stated the stranger made a “sometimes politically charged assertion” that was “in reference to politicians not caring in regards to the center class.”
A suspect has been recognized, though he has not been arrested or charged with against the law presently, in response to the Benton County Sheriff’s Workplace. Mekeland advised the Star Tribune regulation enforcement officers had knowledgeable him the alleged attacker had admitted to the assault.
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“Whereas I had by no means met my assailant, the phrases he yelled at me earlier than he attacked me lead me to consider his actions had been politically motivated,” Mekeland stated in a Fb submit. “Once I selected to run for workplace, I anticipated to be politically attacked, however by no means bodily.”
“I weighed whether or not or to not share this at present, however in the end I believe all of us want a reminder to be civil to one another no matter our views,” he stated.
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In response to a touch upon the submit, Mekeland blamed “the media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary [Clinton] and Eric Holder” for “driving this conduct.”
Benton County is situated in the course of Minnesota, simply northeast of St. Cloud. Mekeland faces Democrat Karla Scapanski and unbiased Myron Wilson within the election.
Police stated the investigation is ongoing.