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Tea Party Candidate Jack Davis To GOP Tracker: 'You Want Punched Out?' [VIDEO]

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Republican officials are sending the tape to reporters, calling it evidence of an "assault" on their volunteer. Davis' campaign manager, Curtis Ellis, claimed afterwards that the incident left out crucial footage showing the tracker striking Davis and that the candidate only pushed the camera out of his face.

"They're at it again," Ellis told local station WGRZ. "They're harassing Jack. They're getting in his face. ... They are not bound by the rules of fair play, decency or even allegiance to the truth."

Iraq veteran David Bellavia, who ran for the GOP nomination in the race before party leaders chose Corwin, endorsed Davis this week and defended his handling of the incident.

"GOP sent thugs to namecall and attack Jack Davis, even shoved his aide," he said on Twitter. "Release both the uncut tapes Langworthy or you are a coward!"