Good timing or bad timing? The political candidate named below will be facing voters in and around Athens next month — two days after Father’s Day.
A candidate for state House of Representatives pleaded guilty in 2007 to assaulting a University of Georgia student three years earlier.
Alan Alexander, an Oconee County lawyer running for an open Athens-area House seat in a June 21 special election, threatened and punched the man while trying to locate his daughter’s abusive then-boyfriend, according to police and court records.
“My actions were those of a father attempting to protect his daughter from a rogue with a history of both physically and mentally abusing her,” Alexander wrote in an email Wednesday. “My conduct was that of a father who believed his child was in immediate peril.
“I regret that the incident occurred at all, but I will not apologize for doing what I thought was right to protect my daughter from imminent danger. I hope that the parents in this district will understand this.”
Alexander and another man burst into a Baxter Street house late on the night of April 14, 2004, looking for the boyfriend, who had been arrested there earlier in the day and charged with making threatening phone calls to Alexander’s daughter, according to police.
Two men were watching television in the house and ran into a bedroom.
Alexander followed them, wielding a baseball bat. He threatened to kill one of the men if he didn’t say where the boyfriend was and punched him in the mouth, police said.
Alexander plea-bargained the charges down to simple assault, battery and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. He served four years on probation and paid a $1,500 fine.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider