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MoveOn supporter remorseful after roughing up conservative in Arizona

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

MoveOn and Republicorps member Fred Highton says he regrets initiating a physical altercation with a conservative Tea Partier at a political event at the University of Arizona earlier this month.

“If I’m going to take part in these political events, I need to learn some self-control,” Highton said.

Conservative James Massee released video of Highton grabbing his throat and face after the face-stomping video from a Kentucky rally for Republican Rand Paul.

“I released it just to show there are some lefties who could be violent too,” Massee said.

Massee said he approached Highton while he was giving a theatrical performance of how MoveOn thinks Republicans treat the working and middle classes to voice his opinion at which point he said Highton started choking him. Massee said he then found a nearby police officer to take control of the situation instead of hitting Highton back. Massee chose not to press charges and plans to stick with that decision now even though he has gone public with his story.

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“I’m a forgiving guy and the guy got caught up in the heat of the moment,” Massee said. “He’s just some guy who’s very diluted in the MoveOn group.”

Highton said the incident, which took place at an October 19 event before a debate between incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Republican challenger Jesse Kelly, did not happen exactly as Massee said it did. He emphasized that he did not choke Massee, but said he is still sorry. Highton said Massee egged him on more than was apparent in a web video interview, mostly by yelling “jubber, jubber, jubber,” into his ear while he was performing.

“When I finished my performance, my initial response was to swat him,” Highton said, adding that he managed to hold back.

Agape Video’s Mike Shaw, a friend of Massee’s, published the video, which was shot by University of Arizona student and College Republicans member Coty McKenzie.

“Someone saw James getting choked, and, from what James told me, only caught the tail end of it because he wasn’t able to record in time,” Shaw said. “What you see on the video is all of what the guy recorded.”

Shaw said he doubts Massee would have told anybody about the attack if it were not for what happened in Kentucky at a Rand Paul rally.

“If you look at the Rand incident, when the guy stomps on her shoulder, there’s a guy right there that says, ‘hey, stop,’ and you can see his hands go out and you can hear him say ‘hey, stop,’” Shaw said. “You see James being choked and there are people all around and nobody tries to stop him.”

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  • Winghunter

    The Progressive Climate of Hate
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  • carlos2010

    In a radio interview that aired Monday, October 26, 2010, on Univision, President Obama chided Latinos who “sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.’ ” Quite a uniter, urging Hispanics to go to the polls to exact political revenge on their enemies – presumably, for example, the near-60 percent of Americans who support the new Arizona immigration law.
    This from a president who won’t even use “enemies” to describe an Iranian regime that is helping kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. This from a man who rose to prominence thunderously declaring that we were not blue states or red states, not black America or white America or Latino America – but the United States of America.
    This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends – not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution.

    • jonavark

      and they wonder why we’re angry.

    • grayzel

      Very well written post. Thank you.

      • SCC

        I completely agree, except those are Charles Krauthammer’s words.

    • truebearing

      Nice job!

      Obama has outed himself as something worse than just a garden variety racist. He will foment racism for power. He will incite hate for power. History is filled with despots who did the same thing: Hitler, Lenin, Mao….and now Obama.

    • Beth_Donovan

      Carlos2010 – Generally, when you cut and paste someone’s writing, you should credit him with it.
      For everyone’s information, this extremely well-written ‘comment’ was written by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102806270.html

      Plagiarism. It’s a bad thing.

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  • rockhard

    Where is the MSM to play this video 100 times over and over like they did with the moveon girl ? who rushed Ron Paul almost throwing herself into his car widow as his car pulled up, I wonder what would happen if someone with a wig rushed Obama’s car in the same way this girl did to Ron Paul, she would most likely have be shot and killed, never rush someone’s car with a wig peoples might think you try to kill the candidate.

    These is another reason people just have no fate in the media, they are dishonest hacks for liberals, its not only what they cover but what they don’t report that makes them bias and dishonest reporters.