Fists Fly In Alabama Senate

Via WFSA: (h/t L.A. Confidential)

You might say this year's regular legislative session will be known for politics, a pay raise, and a punch.

Republicans and Democrats have been at each others throats in the senate all session long, but they did pass themselves a pay raise. Then on Thursday, tensions escalated when violence broke out between two senators right on the State Senate floor.

So how did the fight get started? It began as the dispute between the minority group that is mostly made up of Republicans, and the majority group of 18 Democrats continued. So tempers could calm down and the senators could regroup they voted to take a recess, but that when the emotions flared. Republican Senator Charles Bishop tells WSFA 12 News that, "He (Senator Lowell Barron) called me a son of the bitch. Where I grew up that is somebody talking bad about your mother and when he did I responded with my right hand, and from that point on I don't know what happened because people grabbed me and I turned around and walked off." Read more...

That would be assault, right? Every company I've ever worked for had a policy on physical violence - if you physically assault a co-worker you're automatically fired. If this were you or I, we'd be standing in the unemployment line right now. Barron was wrong to use such language, but Bishop should resign, immediately.


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