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Senator Dole blames Dem candidate for incident between Sen. Allen's staffers and blogger

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday October 31, 2006

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In a statement issued by the National Republican Senatorial Committee concerning a confrontation between Senator George Allen (VA-R) and a blogger who was tackled by his campaign staffers, Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC-R) laid the blame on the Democratic candidate James Webb for setting the tone, due to the level he has "sunk to."

Allen was campaigning in Charlottesville, Virginia this morning when Mike Stark, who blogs at Calling All Wingnuts, approached the Senator to ask if he ever spit on his first wife, as reported earlier on RAW STORY.

The video shows Stark being tackled by campaign staffers, put in a chokehold by one, and tossed to the floor.

Stark reported the incident to the Charlottesville Police, the Washington Post reports, and the police said that they are investigating whether assault charges would be warranted.

Like the statement released by the Allen campaign, Dole's statement makes no mention of any of the aggressive actions taken by the Senator's staffers in response to Stark's questions.

"As George and I were making our way from the ballroom, a young man approached Senator Allen in an aggressive way and took an uncivil tone shouting highly offensive and inappropriate questions," Dole's statement says. "As we continued to leave the ballroom, the young man pursued us outside and continued to shout in the same manner."

"I found the entire incident disconcerting and it left me uncomfortable with the level that Jim Webb has sunk to in this campaign," Dole stated.

Dole's statement in full:

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"I was in Charlottesville, Virginia today with Senator George Allen and his wife Susan for a scheduled "On The Record" event with Senator Allen at the Omni Hotel.

"As George and I were making our way from the ballroom, a young man approached Senator Allen in an aggressive way and took an uncivil tone shouting highly offensive and inappropriate questions. As we continued to leave the ballroom, the young man pursued us outside and continued to shout in the same manner.

"I found the entire incident disconcerting and it left me uncomfortable with the level that Jim Webb has sunk to in this campaign.

The man Senator Dole refers to is Mike Stark, a liberal blogger who showed up at Senator Allen's event today with deliberate intent to disturb the peace.

Starks "Secret" Plan

Stark Diary Posting On Left-Wing Blog Daily Kos:

Hi.

I don't quite know how to go about this.

You see, I'm about to ask y'all to trust me. A lot.

As you know, I've been involved in a coupla incidents that resulted in Republicans and their cronies being a little bit embarrassed... more or less...

Recently I've been thinking about how to put these "guerrilla tactics' to use where it matters: winning elections.