County commissioner elections heat up with altercation between candidates
An investigation is ongoing after two Democratic Dallas County commissioner candidates engaged in a heated argument at KHVN, a gospel radio station, Feb. 22.
Current Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, were at the station participating in a debate with other candidates. The argument began during a commercial break and police were called.
Candidate Micah Phillips recorded a video of the incident. In the footage, Caraway is restrained and led to another room, all while shouting expletives at Price. He can also be heard threatening, “I’m gonna get you.”
Phillips spoke to WFAA’s Marie Saavedra regarding the incident.
— Marie Saavedra (@MSaavedraTV) February 22, 2016
Despite Phillips’ take, Caraway told WFAA that it was Price who began the argument and grabbed George Nash, a Caraway campaign staffer, by his neck.
George Nash says he was assaulted by commissioner John Wiley Price.He showed marks around his neck.DPD investigating pic.twitter.com/emSTMdg0C9
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) February 22, 2016
The Scoop Blog from the Dallas Morning News reported that Caraway can be heard in the video saying that Price had sex with his wife, which Price denied in an interview with hip-hop and R&B radio station KKDA-FM.
Barbara Mallory Caraway, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress District 30 and Caraway’s second wife, told the Dallas Morning News‘ Naheed Rajwani that she is not the woman in question.
Barbara Mallory Caraway's comment on fight involving John Wiley Price. Dwaine Caraway yesterday. She's on KHVN today pic.twitter.com/vKif0bsjPK
— Naheed Rajwani (@naheedrajwani) February 23, 2016
The Scoop Blog released two articles about the incident, and many readers took to the comments section to voice their opinions. Some took a comical approach, even calling for the incident to spark a reality TV series.
The primary election will be held March 1.