Julio Perez and Michele Martinez Campaigns Offer Comments on Alleged Beating of Perez-Supporting Canvasser by Martinez Volunteer

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On Sunday, an Orange County Dignity PAC canvasser on behalf of the Julio Perez campaign for the 69th Assembly District was walking a precinct when an alleged incident occurred between the young man and a supporter of Michele Martinez's candidacy in the race.

A source relayed to the Weekly that the Perez follower was chased and pushed to the ground causing his jeans to rip and leaving a bloody gash on his knee. He reportedly does not want to go to the police about the incident but a photo of his injury was forwarded along.

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Photo of the scraped knee forwarded to the Weekly

It didn't take long for the OC blogosphere to pick up on all of it. A video was posted on Art Pedroza's OC Politics Blog which shows the precinct walker running from a man chasing after him and asking in Spanish why he was taking down Michele Martinez campaign signs and if Perez was paying him to do so. The Liberal OC fired back soon after with their own take.

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When reached, the Martinez campaign said one of its volunteers witnessed the canvasser taking a sign from a family member's home and confronted him. They also deny that any physical altercation occurred. "The man...ultimately tripped and fell a few houses away from the one where the incident took place," says Martinez Campaign Consultant Derek Humphrey. "The claim that anything else happened is an absurd attempt to deflect attention away from the man's illegal activities."

The video does not present any footage of the volunteer doing anything to any sign and cuts off without showing a physical altercation or a tumble for that matter. An informational report was filed Sunday night with the Santa Ana Police Department according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. "It hasn't been assigned to a detective," he adds. At press time he could not say if any physical evidence was in the department's possession, only that the home owner, at this time, is satisfied with having the incident documented.

"I do not have any relationship with the Dignity PAC or any other IE," Perez says of independent expenditures. "It wasn't any one of my volunteers and I don't really have any connection with the things that they're doing." The candidate reviewed the online footage and saw that the precinct walker had the literature of the IE in hand illustrating the point he underscores.

"I don't condone any forms of violence on either camp," Perez went on to say, in terms of any alleged sidewalk shove on Sunday. "That's one of the things that my campaign has been trying to stop our kids from, bullying and a whole series of things. We train our volunteers every time they go out."

Hopefully, as the primary draws nearer, more substantive issues will take their rightful place as voters begin to decide who best to represent them in the only Assembly District OC Dems are assured to win.

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BLOGWARWHORE
BLOGWARWHORE

I am so tired of the LOSERS at the OC LIBERAL and the fucking idiot Pedroza cat fighting.

Neither are worthy of mention, Aryt is Art, but the whole Irvine/Long Beach basher thing is simply weird. Why would a guy like Dan Chmeliwinski risk the reputation of his home based business to fight a blogger. Prevatt seems to be the only one with any balls.........Ironic.

This is tiresome and old.  Shut the fuck up and come out and say you want to be Matt Cunningham a PAID WHORE, and it will all be OK.

Otribj.
Otribj.

I wish politicians, vendors and other door to door, salespeople and promoters would learn to read. I have two signs on my door, one in English and the other in Spanish stating "No Solicitation Allowed," yet I always seem to find a flyer or business card on my door. The ONLY ones that abide and respect my wishes are the Jehovah's Witnesses. And no, I wasn't the one that attacked the canvasser, even though Perez's people who obviously can't read, left a leaflet on my door, which went directly into the trash. Save a tree, don't leave anything on my door.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well I've always said Democrats all cry like a little bitches with a skinned knee... 

909Jeff
909Jeff

When I bought my house I was pleased that the walk way to the front door has a gate... When the Mormons or JW's hit the hood I padlock it. Good luck ringing the doorbell if you cant get to it! 

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Yes, I can easily believe you've always said that.  You probably think that it's hilarious, too.

Turning to conversation with an actual adult human being: good story, GSR!

MattsTwin
MattsTwin

Greg,

I imagine throughout your life you have been the BIG MOUTH who lacked the skill of persuasion. Remember in the Fifth grade, when you reminded the teacher about homework, to your classmates dismay?

Your arguements are tiresome and too long winded to get your point across, while perhaps well intentioned, your over reaching responses hurt your cause more than help you.

In other words: "discretion is the better part of valor".

YOU ARE A BLOWHARD, YOU KNOW IT AND YOU KNOW: MOST PEOPLE WON'T ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE BAR BUT EVERYBODY WANTS YOU TO.

Humility, goes a long way big mouth. Imagine a world where other people might have something to say. Stuff a Lumpia in your mouth!

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! Point proven... 

Did the big mean republican hurt your feelings Greggie? 

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