Marvin Rosete reported on facebook about the King County Democrats’ caucus held at Hazen High School Sunday, May 1:
I am glad Senator Patty Murray left the building safely, until an idiot decided to attempt to bum rush the Senator’s group as she was leaving.
The man in question said he was attacked by Hillary volunteers.
I will say NO.
As one of the people who was in the altercation, I will say that this guy was out of line.
I will say, he was physically blocked by event volunteers as he tried to accost the Senator as she was exiting the building. To us as volunteers, his intentions were unknown as he rushed towards the Senator with no intent of respecting any physical boundaries.
It took myself and two other people to stop the man.
I’m 5’7″ and took minor injury restraining the guy who is close to 6′ and 200+ lbs from chasing down the Senator. The claims himself to be an Army veteran.
I had grab his phone and get it out of his hands to keep from being swatted by it.
If not for the other volunteers pulling the man away, he would’ve gotten to Patty and I would be a pancake on the floor, or worse.
The phone was still recording. And this guy had the nerve to post it.
We now have his name. I hope they find this guy and report him to US Secret Service and Washington State Patrol.
I’m fine with a small scratch and a pulled back muscle.
Thank you to my friend, Caesar Robinson Noel Renggli getting me patched up and making sure I was okay. Thanks to Sharon Mast for getting me the painkiller afterwards.
Although, this person was obviously in Bernie tee-shirt, he is NOT representative of the Bernie Campaign. Just because you have a first amendment right, it doesn’t give you the right to accost a person. For that matter, take a hint. The door is blocked for a reason.
This was a scary day.
It shows that this type of aggressive behavior towards incumbants will only get worse.
Richard Erwin, Chair of the King County Dems said
It was an odd event also because when I barged in behind him to grab him and said “What are you doing?” loudly to distract him, he yelled back “Somebody stole my vote!” Then he decided his phone had been stolen, Marvin gave it back, and the next thing you know, he’s loping away from all of us and out of the opposite end of the gym.
I’m afraid we will have to budget for security next time.
Chad Lupkes (a leader of the Washington State Bernie Sanders supporters) wrote, “I’ve talked to him online in a comment thread. He has apologized. But I will say that I’m very glad I was nowhere near what happened. Because I would not have been as nice as Marvin was”