State House candidate Steve Hall filed a police report Friday claiming he was assaulted by incumbent Rep. Martin Daniel, reports the News Sentinel. This came a day after Daniel reportedly shoved the challenger him during a confrontation that occurred during a radio broadcast.
Knoxville police have assigned an investigator to the case, and once the probe is complete, the investigator will meet with Hall, a former city councilman, to discuss the outcome, Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. No charges have been filed.
Hall in a news release Friday called on Daniel to suspend his re-election campaign.
“The attack upon me in the radio station is the latest in a series of increasingly unexplainable and bizarre events and statements from state Representative Daniel,” Hall wrote. “This would give him time to recover from the stress of campaigning and would give him the opportunity to seek out whatever help might be beneficial for his own good.
“This would also provide a level of protection for other candidates and the public at large.”
Hall told police he was in the radio studio on Kingston Pike for a broadcast of Hallerin Hilton Hill’s forum on 98.7 WOKI-FM with four primary candidates for the 18th District seat when he and Daniel got into a heated back-and-forth. The debate escalated to name-calling when Daniel took off his headphones and stood over Hall to “intimidate him,” DeBusk said, reading from the report.
Hall said Daniel then “took both hands, flat-handed, and shoved him in the chest area, roughly assaulting him,” according to the report. A producer then separated the two candidates.
Note: Previous post HERE. The radio station’s audio recording of the confrontation is HERE.