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Punches Thrown in Alabama Senate Session

By: Shari Loftley Email
By: Shari Loftley Email

Harsh words between two state senators end in a punch being thrown.

A session-long feud came to a head when Republican Senator Charles Bishop of Jasper (AL) punched Democratic Senator Lowell Barron of Fyffe (AL) in the head before the two were pulled apart.

The fight came on the final day of the 2007 regular session of the Legislature as Republican senators were using delaying tactics to force the Democratic leadership to bring up an election reform bill to ban transfers of campaign donations between political action committees.

The Senate had just taken a recess Thursday afternoon when Bishop approached the chair where Barron was sitting. Moments later security officers and others rushed to separate the two senators.

According to Senator Bishop in a press conference they did not see eye to eye on the issue and he stated that Senator Barron insulted his mother.

He went on to say that where he is from you just don't go around talking about some body's mother.


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