House candidate once punched a guy in search for daughter’s abuser

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.

From Blake Aued and the Athens Banner-Herald:

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

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23 comments Add your comment

Jon Lester

May 26th, 2011
10:03 am

It really doesn’t matter. His opponent is the better candidate in every respect.

hsgrad

May 26th, 2011
10:03 am

The bottom line…..A lawyer (and candidate for public office) not using legal means to halt an illegal act.

Aquagirl

May 26th, 2011
10:06 am

I guess he’s lost the Ray McBerry endorsement.

Tracey

May 26th, 2011
10:09 am

I won’t hold it against him. I don’t know of any father who wouldn’t do the same. The creep deserved it.

LizBeth

May 26th, 2011
10:13 am

He went hunting for boyfriend with a baseball bat? This is a man who does not speak with his mouth.

Joe Mama

May 26th, 2011
10:13 am

Aquagirl! You win at internets!

Your prize: bukkit full of chzbrgrz.

Last Man Laying Down

May 26th, 2011
10:17 am

Very emotional situation, but was taking a baseball bat necessary? 4 years probation–this obviously wasn’t something the DA and judge thought was protecting his daughter (he hit a kid who lived there, not the boyfriend). He was intent on whuppin’ some butt. The cops had apparently handled it by arresting the guy earlier. Why not get your daughter and take her home, rather than go to the guys house to kick his butt, not find him and then hit an innocent kid? History of physical abuse–what did Alexander do on these previous occasions?

Gagodown

May 26th, 2011
10:20 am

If you are in public office or plan on being in an office that will determine people’s choices especially when you are in law. If you choose to be in any type of law enforcement, justice office, political office that are directly or indirectly linked to ruling over other people. You DO NOT get that luxury of being “any father” or “any anything”. You need to be held at a much higher standard, if you don’t want to be held accountable for these standards, then you have no business being in any of these sectors! That includes cops, judges, lawmakers, and any politician. Greater power, requires greater responsibility.

I think if we made all these politicians accountable for the misdeeds they commit daily maybe we had a better country

Aquagirl

May 26th, 2011
10:21 am

I wouldn’t vote for this guy—he didn’t take a gun

Joe, I can haz chzbrgrz?

Danny O

May 26th, 2011
10:29 am

The field is not exactly free of blemishes. Mr. Alexander’s opponent, Chuck Williams, was founder and president of the failed North Georgia Bank.

Brenda

May 26th, 2011
10:48 am

Good man. We have enough girlie men who won’t stand up for their familes when they are most needed. Who wants a bloodless, hollow man to be a leader?
I would not vote for a guy just because he went hunting for an abuisive boyfriend but I dang sure would not vote against him for it.

bobbyjoe

May 26th, 2011
11:38 am

Know the man. He’s a looser and a drunk and a coward. What real man would need to take a ballbat to a kid!

Lou Slugger

May 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

It all depends on the bat. If he used one of those maple wood things that are prone to shattering then his conduct was unacceptable. Flying shards of bat could have seriously injured an innocent bystander!

ANGRY AS HELL

May 26th, 2011
2:12 pm

As a father of a now-20ish daughter who went out with a few frogs in her teenage years, I can’t say I’d act any differently if I knew she was being threatened by some creep. Baseball bat? I’d have taken a 2-by-4 to get answers to my questions.

Dick Cheney

May 26th, 2011
2:13 pm

I’m with Trish, even if the guy he punched was the wrong guy. I’m sure he deserved it anyway. Of course, I’d have given him a load of buckshot in the face, but that’s just how I roll.

Dan Matthews

May 26th, 2011
10:25 pm

Tonight I spoke to the Athens chapter of Georgia Nurserymen Association and Georgia Green Growers at the Gnat’s Landing to Stuart Cofer and his group to let them know they have a viable Democratic choice in this race. Immigration, water, and agriculture are just some of the issues we discussed. The sky opened up and rained for the first time in weeks which was welcome to this commercial growers of ornamentals and trees. We did have quite a number of power outages from Milledge Avennue to Bostwick in Morgan County, however.

missmollie

May 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

Not a snow ball’s chance in hell….

Areyouserious??

May 27th, 2011
3:18 pm

When you say not a snow ball’s chance in hell, you’ve got to remember that this is the same district/constituency that sadly elected Paul Broun. Quite frankly, So, believe me, it could be worse.

Areyouserious??

May 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

Pardon the “quite frankly” typo.

Just Another Bully

May 27th, 2011
10:34 pm

Obviously, Mr. Alexander believes that rules don’t apply to him. Maybe if Mr. Alexander had been a good father his daughter would know to avoid an abusive relationship in the first place. My guess is that Mr. Alexander’s daughter probably witnessed her father’s abusive behavior towards her own mother and was just doing what came naturally and allowed the abuse cycle to continue. There has got to be a better option than Alan Alexander, regardless of their political affiliation. Just because he is Republican is not enough to get my vote. Tell me I’m wrong.

Truth Speaker

May 28th, 2011
1:05 pm

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Truth Speaker

May 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

Sad case of journalism. Slanted, biased reporting. No mention of the copious amounts of cocaine, pot, and booze found at residence of “kids.” No mention that these “kids” were in their twenties and at least one of them was on the UGA football team. No mention that the “violent aggressor” was in his sixties. No mention that the guy Mr. Alexander was after had just posted bail after being arrested for terroristic threats against his daughter and resumend them within minutes of his release…

Truth Speaker

May 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

Anyone who would not do the same for their child has no sense of loyalty or family duty and does not deserve the title of father. Way to go, Alan. I look forward to you bringing the same passion and sense of loyalty and duty to the State House.
Aued, Galloway, the Banner-Herald, and the AJC should all be ashamed of this article and its obvious smear intentions.