[UPDATE]: Sources familiar with the incident between Clint Murphy and Robin Wheeler tell me that Wheeler dropped the restraining order almost two weeks ago.
Peach Pundista Clint Murphy, also known as “Bull Moose” around these parts, is back in the news again after a female campaign staffer for a rival campaign accused Murphy of “stalking her to the ladies’ room.”
Clint Murphy, a Savannah political activist, had a magistrate court judge order him to stay away from Robin Wheeler until September 1st after things got a little rough between the two of them at the Wild Wing Cafe in Savannah last month. According to Wheeler, who works for 12th district congressional candidate Ben Crystal, Murphy assaulted her last month at the restaurant leaving “bruises on my arms where he was pulling me.”
However, Murphy disputed Wheeler’s account of the events saying that she shoved him into a wall when he attempted to speak to her [Source: 6/24/2008 Savannah Morning News article “Congressional campaign spat turns physical”]. He says that Wheeler was spreading rumors around town about how he was bringing to attention to Ben Crystal’s messy divorce along with raising questions about Crystal’s campaign practices including supposed problems with the Crystal campaign’s yard signs and Crystal telling contributors that donations were tax deductible.
At the time of the incident, Murphy was working for Republican Ray McKinney’s congressional campaign. McKinney will take on Ben Crystal and John Stone in the 12th congressional district Republican primary on July 15th. Clint Murphy has since left McKinney’s campaign and taken a job as the Southeast Deputy Regional Campaign Manager for the John McCain presidential campaign.
After filing the restraining order, Robin Wheeler said, “I didn’t get any sleep last night. I missed work this morning because I was so exhausted.”