May 12, 2011 10:02 PM by Gene Cotton

NY tea party candidate scuffles with cameraman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 15-second video shows a tea party congressional candidate in New York scuffling with a Republican Party volunteer who questioned his absence from a debate.

The video posted on YouTube shows candidate Jack Davis asking the volunteer Wednesday whether he wants to "punch it out" after a campaign event in Greece, outside Rochester.

Davis was responding to the volunteer's calls for him to explain why he backed out of a debate held Thursday in Buffalo.

Davis spokesman Curtis Ellis says the man was pushing a camera in the candidate's face and preventing him from getting in his car.

Davis, Democrat Kathleen Hochul (HOE'-kuhl) and Republican Jane Corwin are running for the House seat vacated by Republican Christopher Lee. The special election is May 24.

Click here to view the video.



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