A Democratic operative for a group funded by billionaire George Soros, American Bridge 21st Century was arrested after a female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the Dem operative of grabbing her arm and refusing to let go.
American Bridge was founded back in November of 2010 by David Brock, who also founded extreme liberal watchdog group Media Matters.
The org’s largest donor is billionaire George Soros, who has contributed more than $2 million between 2015 and 2016. George Soros is still heavily involved with the group, most recently donating $300,000 in February, and $80,000 just last year.
50-year-old Mike Stark was arrested by Las Vegas city marshals on Tuesday evening after 31-year-old Kristin Davison reported that he grabbed and twisted her arm, refusing to let go.
Kristin Davison told Fox News that Mike Stark “burst into the room where [Laxalt] and I were talking with a camera” and got “very physical” with her.
“This man was physically almost body-checking me,” she said. “I was getting nervous for my safety, so we left, and went into an open room.” However, she said Stark tried to follow her, Laxalt and other staffers into the second room.
“He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back,” she explained. “I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.”
Kristin Davison said Stark pulled her head into his chest, bruising her neck, and held her there for several minutes. She said it “felt like an hour.”
“I was scared and screaming ‘stop—you’re hurting me,” she explained.
Davison said Stark warned Laxalt, saying, “Adam, there’s only one way you can make this stop.”
“That really scared me,” she said.
Stark has a record of numerous arrests while working for American Bridge.
He was found guilty of disorderly conduct in February of this year
for disorderly conduct at an event in Virginia while covering then-GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in October of last year.
Stark was arrested earlier this year for assaulting the press secretary for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
In that incident, Mike Stark approached Zinke and “used his full body to push” Swift as she tried to leave the room. Swift, who called the incident “terrifying,” told police that she decided to press charges to help obtain a “stay-away order” against him.
Laxalt campaign spokesperson Parker Briden said:
“Assaulting the female campaign manager of the opposing campaign is disgusting and it has no place in our system. This mob behavior from the left is out of control. Encouraging violence, as many prominent Democrats like former Attorney General Eric Holder have recently done, is having real, dangerous consequences.”
In a statement, American Bridge said that Mike Stark had been relieved of his duties “effective immediately.”
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