by Chuck Ross
A man driving a Chevrolet van plowed through a Republican group’s voter registration tent outside of a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, the local sheriff’s office said.
Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott suggested it was a politically motivated attack.
Members of the Republican Party of Duval County were registering voters when they say that a man driving a 1980s model brown van drove through the tent, destroying tables and chairs.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. a multi-colored brown and gold van driven by what is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, accelerated into a crowd of volunteers at the Kernan Village shopping center located at 11900 Atlantic Boulevard.
— Duval County GOP (@DuvalGOP) February 8, 2020
No injuries were reported from the incident, but a party volunteer told Jacksonville’s Channel 4 news that she was almost hit.
“It happened so quickly,” Nina Williams, the volunteer, told the news station. “I just barely got out of the way.”
Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with! https://t.co/1Pq0hOrzy2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
The Duval County GOP said on its Twitter account that volunteers “narrowly avoided” being struck by the van.
The party also said that the man stopped the van after driving away and then paused to take a video or photo with his phone. The volunteers said he flipped the group off before leaving.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 8, 2020
This appears to be a politically-motivated attack on hard-working volunteers in Duval County. Thankful that no one was hurt. @DuvalGOP will not be silenced or intimidated. They will redouble their efforts to support strong Republicans in NE Florida and around the state! https://t.co/F4Qi7hk7CR
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) February 8, 2020
“We don’t know if this is politically motivated. We’ve got detectives coming out,” Lt. Larry Gayle told the local news station.
“We’re following up on information and trying to determine if we can identify this person right now,” he continued.
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Chuck Ross is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Van Attack in Duval County” by Duval County GOP.