A video of a scuffle between a Republican Party video tracker and a Martha’s Vineyard cab driver hired to drive Elizabeth Warren this past Sunday, has gone viral. The fight happened when Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was leaving a canvass kickoff event held Sunday at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs.
The video shows the tracker following Warren to the cab where, once Warren is inside the cab, the driver pushes him and tells him to get away. The camera man then follows the cab driver as he walks to the driver’s side of the cab at which point the cab driver turns around and says, “Dude, get out of my face or I’m going to call the police.” The cameraman repeatedly tells the driver that it is a public event to which the driver finally says, “You are messing with the wrong people.”
The Republican Party denounced the behavior. In a statement made by Nate Little, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said, “Yesterday on Martha’s Vineyard, a campaign aide for Elizabeth Warren physically assaulted and threatened an employee of the Massachusetts Republican Party. In addition to knocking the camera from the employee’s hand, the individual also threw a punch. This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and has no place in our public discourse. Despite witnessing this assault first-hand, Professor Warren took no action and allowed it to continue. As Professor Warren falls further behind in the polls, we expect that she will become more negative toward Scott Brown. However, that should not be an excuse for her staff to lash out in violence. Professor Warren needs to address this situation and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”
However, the Warren campaign insisted the man in the video is not a campaign staffer, but a cab driver and also denounced the behavior. The cab company, Martha’s Vineyard Taxi, has not been willing to comment.