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Rand Paul aide says Marco Rubio staffer punched him in the face

Rand Paul aide says Marco Rubio staffer punched him in the face

By Alex Leary via Tampa Bay Times

A top aide to Marco Rubio is accused of punching a counterpart for Rand Paul at a bar Thursday night.

"Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I didn't even know who it was at first because he isn't relevant in our political world," John Yob wrote on Facebook. "Anyway, he is Marco Rubio's national campaign manager. He literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face. The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles. This will play out in the national media in the next few hours."

The Guardian has what it says is video. "I am hereby calling on Marco Rubio to fire Rich Beeson immediately," Yob wrote on Twitter on Friday.

"It wasn't a brawl," Mackinac Island police Chief Brett Riccinto told the Guardian. "If anything, it was a shove. Literally, it was a shove. This thing has been blown way, way, way out of proportion."

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