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Rand Paul Strategist Says Top Marco Rubio Official ‘Assaulted’ Him at Bar: ‘I Have It on Video’

A strategist for Rand Paul is alleging that Marco Rubio’s deputy campaign manager punched him in the face in a Michigan bar Thursday night.

John Yob (Image source: YouTube)John Yob (Image source: YouTube)

“Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference,” John Yob, Paul’s national political director, posted on Facebook Friday morning. “I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I didn’t even know who it was at first because he isn’t relevant in our political world. Anyway, he is Marco Rubio’s national campaign manager. He literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face. The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles. This will play out in the national media in the next few hours.”

Rich Beeson, the CM for Rubio, punched me in the face tonight on Mackinac Island. The Michigan State Police are looking for him. #MIGOP

— John Yob (@strategic) September 18, 2015

Despite the rival campaign staffers involved, a “source” told MLive that the incident appeared to be personal, not political. Yob and Beeson apparently exchanged words earlier in the evening, the newspaper reported.

Neither the Paul nor Rubio campaigns immediately returned a request for comment from TheBlaze.

I am hereby calling on Marco Rubio to fire Rich Beeson immediately

— John Yob (@strategic) September 18, 2015

The Mackinac Island Police Department wouldn’t discuss the alleged incident with MLive. “Anytime there’s an investigation, no comment until we get everything straightened out,” an officer said.

West Michigan Politics blogger Brandon Hall wrote Friday morning that he saw the incident at Horn’s Bar.

“Beeson missed a full-on shot but still struck Yob’s in the face with a powerful blow near the jaw,” he wrote.

The conference is set to begin Friday afternoon. Paul is scheduled to speak; Rubio is not.

Beeson was a top aide on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

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