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Taxi driver for Mass. Senate candidate Warren caught in scuffle with GOP tracker

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A video surfaced Monday of a cab driver for Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren getting into a physical altercation with a state Republican Party tracker.

The 43-second video, which was posted to YouTube, was recorded Sunday by a tracker as he followed the Democratic candidate to a red sport-utility vehicle in Martha’s Vineyard. As Mrs. Warren stepped into the back seat of the vehicle, the unidentified driver attempted to shove the camera away, leading to a verbal exchange between he and the cameraman.

Click here to the video (contains strong language)

“Get out of my face or I’m going to call the police,” the driver said, later adding that, “You’re messing with the wrong people.”

The cameraman repeatedly replied that “this is a public event.”

The Massachusetts Republican Party issued a statement Monday identifying the cameraman as a state GOP employee and decrying the driver’s conduct.

The statement referred to the driver as a Warren aide, but the Warren campaign told the Associated Press that he was a cab driver with no connection to the campaign and acknowledged that trackers are free to film public events.

A sticker on the side of the vehicle had the address mvtaxi.com, which is the website for Martha’s Vineyard Taxi.

The Warren campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Washington Times.

Mrs. Warren is running in a tight race against Republican Sen. Scott Brown. A poll released last week by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Mr. Brown with a 5-point lead.

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