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10/17/2018

Another Day, Another Lefty Thug on the Attack

Filed under: General — JVW @ 6:50 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Fox news reports, you decide:

The liberal group American Bridge 21st Century announced Wednesday night that it had fired one of its operatives a day after he was arrested and accused of battery against the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt.

In a statement, American Bridge said that Mike Stark had been relieved of his duties “effective immediately.”

[. . .]

Stark, 50, was arrested by Las Vegas city marshals Tuesday evening after 31-year-old Kristin Davison said he grabbed and twisted her arm, refusing to let go.

“Politics is a little bit aggressive these days, but this is just insane,” Davison told Fox News earlier Wednesday. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Davison told Fox News that Stark “burst into the room where [Laxalt] and I were talking with a camera” and got “very physical” with her.

“This man was physically almost body-checking me,” she said. “I was getting nervous for my safety, so we left, and went into an open room.” However, she said Stark tried to follow her, Laxalt and other staffers into the second room.

“He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back,” she explained. “I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.”

Well, you know, passions are running high and Trump has placed us on edge, right? I mean, this must be out of character for Mr. Stark; it’s not as if this Soros-funded group would employ someone with a history of this sort of action, would they?

This is not Stark’s first arrest—earlier this year, the Democratic tracker was arrested for allegedly assaulting the female press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

[. . .]

Stark also has a record of arrests while working for American Bridge. Stark was arrested on Oct. 28, 2017 for disorderly conduct at an event in Virginia while covering then-GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct in February of this year.

The incident with Zinke’s press secretary Heather Swift occurred in March at the Longworth House Office Building after a budget hearing before a House committee. Stark allegedly approached Zinke and reportedly “used his full body to push” Swift as she tried to leave the room. Swift, who called the incident “terrifying,” told police that she decided to press charges to help obtain a “stay-away order” against him.

It’s time for the Republican National Congressional Committee to update the ad they created a last week. Let’s have everyone see just the type of people that “progressive” activist groups have on their payroll.

– JVW

19 Responses to “Another Day, Another Lefty Thug on the Attack”

  1. Mrs. Obama can stick that “when they go low, we go high” nonsense right in — the garden in their Chicago house, on the part of the yard that convicted criminal Terry Rezko helped them buy. It will help fertilize the organic produce.

    JVW (42615e)

  2. The Republican party should create an ad which shows Madame Hillary saying they will not be civil (you can look up the quote) and then intersperse it with videos of these thugs. Have her say it again and again, then each time show another example.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  3. While we’re at it, we can show the car crashing into the crowd in Charlottesville.

    Thugs are thugs, and they are not the exclusive property of any political strain. We should expect (and demand) both Democratic and Republican leadership (?) to condemn thuggery and incivility whenever it shows its face.

    John B Boddie (ebf63f)

  4. While we’re at it, we can show the car crashing into the crowd in Charlottesville.

    The car crashing in Charlottesville was condemned by everyone, and the perp is subject to criminal prosecution, as he should be.

    OTOH, the Democratic leadership has refused to condemn, and has even encouraged, left wing thuggery.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  5. 3 – lol the old ‘both sides do it!’ excuse.

    The same disingenuous ploy as when they were equating the crime/vandalism/assault/trespassing/taxpayer-funded cleanup of the Occupy nitwits with the Tea Party.

    harkin (adce92)

  6. Man Confronted For Ripping Cruz Signs From Yards Freaks Out: “I Hate Ted Cruz!”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/10/17/man_confronted_for_ripping_cruz_signs_from_yards_freaks_out_i_hate_ted_cruz.html

    Complete disregard (or even hate) for private property is so common for these folks.

    harkin (adce92)

  7. That’s Beldar turf, sic him on that hair metal caricature.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  8. 5. And the old, well, they do it, and we really don’t and it’s all their fault anyway, Soros, David Brock, Lock Her Up bla bla bla response.

    Actually, these guys did the right thing and fired the person. And, yes, the way the activist left has decided to hound people is going to result in this stuff.

    Appalled (96665e)

  9. This isn’t the first time he’s done this appalled.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  10. I’ve never heard of a “tracker” in this context before.

    Putting aside this guy’s crime, what is it that they are supposed to do?

    Dave (9664fc)

  11. 5. And the old, well, they do it, and we really don’t and it’s all their fault anyway,…….

    ……yes, the way the activist left has decided to hound people is going to result in this stuff.

    lol

    harkin (adce92)

  12. harkin —

    As is Trump’s enemies of the people rhetoric and hounding of journalists. You think your tribe is immune from responding to incitement from irresponsible politicians?

    Appalled (96665e)

  13. Actually, these guys did the right thing and fired the person.

    But this wasn’t the first time that Stark had gotten belligerent and physical with political opponents. See the last few paragraphs of my post. How many do-overs does someone like him get before even David Brock has to fire him?

    JVW (d0b3b5)

  14. “You think your tribe is immune from responding to incitement from irresponsible politicians?”

    Let us know when you hear of lefty politicians being hounded on the street, or out of restaurants. Let us know when you hear of lefties receiving a beatdown on the street. Just for starters.

    Colonel Haiku (43fb26)

  15. It’s like the drive-by media is a commenter here….

    harkin (adce92)

  16. #14 — Well.. we have Trump praising the beatdown of a reporter in 2016 at his rally yesterday. Will that result in something? We’ll see. In the meantime, it does make his grudgingness towards actions with regard to the Saudi reporter murdering more understandable.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  17. I was thinking the same thing, Appalled, but from the opposite point of view. Besides, the victim, who is a girl, there were also Adam Laxalt who is a healthy, 40-year old, ex-Navy lieutenant and another staffer there. Why was not this thug, Mike Stark, carried out on a stretcher?

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Violence is unacceptable. Perpetrators of violence should be investigated and sanctioned via our criminal justice system. We should all denounce and renounce violence. We should create an atmosphere that allows disagreement and dissent within civilized boundaries that clearly exclude actual violence and incitements to violence.

    Slugger (a18a31)

  19. Interesting how the reminders that violence is “unacceptable” only seem to arise when discussions of retributive violence against the left are on the table. Used to amuse me in school how often we were told that “all fighting is wrong” AFTER the bully got what was coming to him. Same story, time and time again. Crocodile tears for our lost “civility”.

    Skorcher (5b282a)

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