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Political feud turns physical
VIDOR- by Haley Bull
The only thing a candidate for Orange County Republican Party Chairman and the man he's charged with assaulting following a political feud could agree on, was that the feud started at least 20 years ago.
Tuesday, it turned physical for the first time. Police arrested 70-year old Jerry Wilson at an early voting location in Vidor. Wilson is running for Republican Party Chairman of Orange County. He's charged with assaulting 83-year old Kenneth Young. Young was at the site to support other candidates.
Wednesday, both men spoke to KFDM News about what happened.
"He just walked up to me and started cursing at me, then hauled off and hit me and knocked me over out of my chair and fell on top of me and then started beating me," 83-year old Kenneth Young said. "And I mean he just wasn't tapping me he was coming down like that."
Young said he had the cuts and bruises to prove it.
"I thought he was gonna kill me," Young said.
"It should have never happened but as far as me being apologetic or having any remorse, the only remorse I got is my wife is mad," 70-year old Jerry Wilson said.
Vidor Police arrested Wilson, a candidate for Orange County Republican Party Chairman, on a charge of assault.
Wilson was campaigning on the second day of early voting at the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor. Wilson was there supporting other candidates.
The political signs lining the roads around the center were at the center of the issue. Candidates are required to keep them posted at least 100 yards from the polling place. A red painted line marks where signs can't be placed any closer.
The Vidor Police chief said election judges told him a few of Wilson's signs were too close to the door. The chief said poll workers told him they pulled up the signs and laid them on the ground.
Wilson said he asked Young if he moved the signs.
"He said yes, what are you gonna do about it. I believe you got a pretty good imagination of what happened. You got pictures of him. I whooped his ---," Wilson said.
"I never said one word, not one word," Young said.
Young admitted making and putting up signs urging people not to vote for Wilson.
"If anybody thinks that I am a Republican in name only, they got another thing coming," Wilson said.
A name he won't stand for and a beating Young said he won't take again.
"I took a beating out here the other day, but I'm not gonna take those beatings anymore," Young said.
During KFDM News' interview with Wilson, tension still ran high.
"Turn the --- damn camera off," Wilson said when one of Young's sons appeared to begin recording part of the interview. "You guys tricked me."
Wilson thought KFDM News had arranged to have Young's son on hand at the same time as the interview with Wilson.
KFDM News scheduled the interviews with Wilson and Kenneth Young one hour apart and didn't know Young's son would be there ahead of time.
"He ain't got a pot nor a window," Wilson said as he threw a sign in the back of his truck. Still, he continued talking with KFDM News.
"I'm still gonna be the same Jerry Wilson. I'm going to work Republican issues," Wilson said.
Politics and a political feud that's lasted a long time.
Young said he wants to seek a restraining order against Wilson. If convicted of the assault, Wilson could face up to a year in prison.