Elizabeth Warren Supporter Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Independent US Senate Challenger
A supporter of incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was arrested after allegedly assaulting a man running as an independent in the race to challenge Warren’s seat.
Paul Solovay, 74, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly pushing a bullhorn in the face of Shiva Ayyadurai, the independent, resulting in a bloody lip for the candidate; the shove was captured on video by someone filming Ayyadurai speaking into the bullhorn prior to the incident.
Ayyadurai, 54, was using the bullhorn to speak to supporters lined up outside a venue in Great Barrington ahead of a scheduled Warren appearance, reported the Berkshire Eagle.
“We don’t produce enough engineers. We don’t produce enough doctors. What we do is produce a bunch of [expletive] lawyer lobbyists like Elizabeth Warren,” Ayyadurai said at one point to the crowd.
Some of the Warren supporters get visibly upset, including Solovay, who leaves the line to come over and confront Ayyadurai.
As the older man, who appears white, approaches Ayyadurai, the Senate candidate, who was born in India, starts to chant “racist, racist, racist,” before Solovay appears to push the bullhorn into the candidate’s face.
The candidate suffered abrasions and swelling, and went to the hospital later with what town police described as minor injuries. https://t.co/yp4RGBurzT @va_shiva @SenWarren #Berkshire #hillsdaleny pic.twitter.com/ZfZGVPcBtr
— Berkshire Eagle (@BerkshireEagle) July 24, 2018
Two men appear from off-camera and shove Solovay to the ground after the assault.
Solovay was charged with assault, battery, and disorderly conduct.
“What you just witnessed is how you white supremacists react when you don’t want to hear the truth. I’m a dark-skinned Indian guy—the same guy you claim you want to help,” Ayyadurai said into the bullhorn before the video ends.
“I will take a punch in the face ANY DAY for America and Free Speech,” the candidate added in a post on Facebook.
The Senate primaries in Massachusetts are scheduled for Sept. 4, with the general elections slated for November.