Has anyone else heard about the fight between two lobbyists last night at the House’s Sine Die party? I have no idea who was involved, but apparently one lobbyist’s ear was partially cut off by a beer bottle to the head.
[UPDATE by Erick] The attacking lobbyist is Pete Stokes, who has been booked by Fulton County Police. Stokes works (worked?) for the Strollo Group. I wonder how much longer we’ll be talking about his present client and employer in the present tense. His employer, Maria Strollo, is the Chairwoman of Team Georgia, “a safe and sober driving coalition.” Perhaps Mr. Stokes can do some community service there.
Maybe they were arguing over healthcare policy. The victim represents various healthcare providers and the assailant represents MAG.
[UPDATE by Jason] The guys over at the Political Insider have more.
[UPDATE by Buzz] The AJC has an article:
A 911 caller said one man hit another man with a bottle during the fight at The Spotted Dog pub in Midtown, said Officer Steve Coleman, an Atlanta police spokesman. Atlanta police declined to immediately release a copy of the police report detailing the incident and the identity of the other man involved in the fight.
Several people who attended the event, however, said the fight happened between Stokes and another lobbyist on the second floor of the pub and that no lawmakers were involved in the incident.
Scott Smith, Stokes’ attorney, declined to comment on the incident except to say: “We look forward to our day in court.”
“He worked his way through college at Georgia State University,” Smith said of Stokes. “He is a good kid. He is only 26 years old and all he wants to do is really work hard.”
Stokes posted a $20,000 bond and was expected to be released from Jail Monday, Smith said.