- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A second Minnesota Republican has reported being attacked at a gas station by a self-proclaimed anarchist, two days after a Minnesota House candidate said he was assaulted at a restaurant by someone ranting about the middle class.

State Rep. Sarah Anderson said she confronted a man Sunday for kicking her campaign signs near her Plymouth home when he inexplicably charged at her.

“I said, ‘You can’t do that,’ and he said, ‘I’m an anarchist, I can do whatever I want,’” Ms. Anderson recalled in an interview with local CBS affiliate WCCO.

She said she tried unsuccessfully to record the encounter when the man backed her into the street.

“And he charged at me again when he says, ‘Go kill yourself,’ and so I wound up stepping here and there’s traffic coming,” she said.

Ms. Anderson said she got back in her car and followed the man to a nearby gas station where she tried to get him on camera again. That’s when he charged at her again and punched her in the arm, she said.

“I said, ‘I’m leaving now. I’m leaving now.’ And he was still with his head in my vehicle, just yelling,” Ms. Anderson said. “He was irrational, just completely irrational.”

Ms. Anderson did manage to capture a picture of the alleged assailant, in which he appears to be running. Plymouth Police said they are investigating the incident.

The alleged attack occurred two days after Shane Mekeland, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House, said he suffered a concussion after being attacked by a man at a St. George Township restaurant.

“While I had never met my assailant, the words he yelled at me before he attacked lead me to believe his actions were politically motivated,” Mr. Mekeland wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.

He told the Star Tribune that the man said something about “politicians not caring about the middle class” before the assault.

“Left, right or in between, civil discourse is needed,” Mr. Mekeland wrote on Facebook. “The media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary [Clinton], and Eric Holder as of late is driving this behavior. As far as resolve, this is exactly the type of thing that will push me, you and other like minded people to fight harder.”

The Benton County Sheriff said that incident is also being investigated.

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