Heckler Subdued at George Allen Event
Oct 31, 5:21 PM (ET)
By BOB LEWIS
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A heckler who confronted Sen.
George Allen at a campaign appearance Tuesday was put
in a chokehold and slammed to the floor by three of
the Republican's supporters in an incident captured on
Mike Stark, a liberal blogger and first-year
University of Virginia law student, approached Allen
at an event in Charlottesville, loudly asking, "Why
did you spit at your first wife, George?" according to
Three men, all wearing blue Allen lapel stickers,
immediately grabbed Stark, dragged him backward and
slung him to the carpet outside a hotel meeting room,
according to video captured by WVIR-TV in
Stark said later in a telephone interview with The
Associated Press: "I am a constituent. I am allowed to
ask my U.S. senator questions."
A new statewide poll conducted for CNN showed Allen's
Democratic challenger, former Navy Secretary Jim Webb,
with a slight lead in a bitterly contested race that
could help determine whether the GOP retains control
of the Senate.
In a Monday posting on "Calling All Wingnuts," the
blog Stark publishes, he hinted that he would attempt
to provoke Allen before the TV cameras.
"Im also trying to 'Roger and Me' George Allen
whenever I can," Stark wrote, referring to director
Michael Moore's 1989 documentary in which he
repeatedly tried to confront former General Motors'
chief executive Roger Smith about the company's
In August, Stark similarly approached Allen after a
speech at a hotel near Staunton, loudly asking if he
had ever used a common six-letter epithet against
That was two weeks after Allen, at a rally, referred
to a Webb volunteer of Indian descent as "Macaca,"
which is considered by some to be a racial slur.