A Florida Republican canvasser wearing a Marco Rubio t-shirt and Ron DeSantis hat was brutally attacked in a Hialeah, Fla., neighborhood by Democratic residents, Rubio tweeted Monday morning.
“Last night one of our canvassers wearing my DeSantis T-shirt and hat was brutally attacked by 4 animals who told him Republicans weren’t allowed in their neighborhood in #Hialeah #Florida,” Rubio wrote. “He has suffered internal bleeding, a broken jaw and will need reconstructive facial surgery.”
Hialeah is in Miami-Dade County, which narrowly voted for President Joe Biden in 2020. The Miami Herald press release Monday afternoon:
Hialeah police confirmed Monday afternoon that a man distributing leaflets was beaten and an arrest was made. But they made no mention of the solicitor’s party affiliation or possible ties to the senator’s or governor’s campaigns, and provided an account of the incident that involved only one assailant.
In an email response to the Miami Herald, Hialeah Sgt. Jose Torres said the 27-year-old victim was punched “several times in the face and head, causing the injuries”.
Torres said the victim, who has not been named, crossed the street at 140 E. 60th St. after being told he couldn’t hand out flyers there and was followed. Torres said Javier Lopez, 25, punched him repeatedly, leaving him with bruises and lacerations. Lopez was arrested, Torres said. He did not say what crime Lopez was charged with.
The report comes as 68% of American voters consider crime a “very important” issue in the midterm elections, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released last week. Rubio leads his Democratic Senate challenger Val Demings by 6.4 points, and Governor Ron DeSantis beats Democrat Charlie Crist by 10 points, according to the latest polls.