Friday, June 08, 2007

Dust up in Alabama Senate

Alabama senator throws punch in scuffle with Democratic colleague in Senate chamber

June 8, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala.---- 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 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.

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