70-Year-Old GOP Candidate In Texas Arrested For Assaulting Man With ‘RINO’ Signs

A candidate for the Orange County, Texas GOP chairmanship was arrested on Tuesday for attacking a man who was putting up signs with “RINO” written on them, KDFM reported.

Jerry Wilson told KDFM that a long-time rival started pulling up his campaign signs near an early voting location and replaced them with ones that told people “not to vote for RINO Jerry.” The term “RINO” is short for Republican In Name Only.

“I’ve been in politics a long time,” Wilson told KFDM. “If your sign you’ve meticulously placed is pulled up and replaced by somebody else’s signs–I was so damn mad and he was sitting there. This feud has been going on long enough. I’m 70 years old. I try to be as good a part of my community as I can.”

Wilson was charged with assault and released from jail on a $1,000 bond, but he claimed that both men were throwing punches.

“I walked over to him and said ‘you’re pulling up my signs and destroying them.’ He said ‘what are you going to do about it?’ It was a fight. He was landing punches, too. I can tell you this-he will remember the day,” Wilson said about the brawl. “Whatever my punishment is, I’ll take it. If I had to do it over again I don’t think I’d change one thing. He deserved what he got.”

Wilson told KDFM that he will not withdraw from the race.

[H/t Raw Story]

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