Tuesday, May 10, 2016

W.Va. Senate candidate attacked

7th District Senate candidate Richard Ojeda, from his hospital bed

A West Virginia state senate candidate is recovering, after being beaten with brass knuckles during a political picnic yesterday. Authorities say they do not know what prompted the attack on war veteran Richard Ojeda, who is challenging Senator Art Kirkendoll in the Democratic primary for West Virginia’s 7th senate district seat. Ojeda was approached by a man asking for a bumper sticker. When the candidate went to retrieve, the assailant began punching him in the face repeatedly. Ojeda was taken to the hospital for treatment of multiple cuts and broken bones in his face. The attacker then fled from the scene in his truck, striking two ATVs on his way out. Although they are rivals, Senator Kirkendoll said there is no place for violence in the campaign.

Later that night, police arrested Jonathan Stuart Porter for the attack. Porter faces three felony charges as a result of the incident. He remains in the Southwestern Regional Jail tonight, under a 75 thousand dollar cash bond.
Jonathan Stuart Porter