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28 October 2010

Republican for Roy Allegedly Assaulted Female Campaign Worker Two Years Ago

As the 2010 gubernatorial campaign made a shift towards women issues, Roy Barnes and his supporters have been critical of Nathan Deal's record on certain domestic violence legislation.

However, one Barnes backer appears to have had his own problems with violence against women.

Clint Murphy, a prominent Republican for Roy, faced accusations of assault against a female campaign worker two years ago after an incident in a local Savannah restaurant.

A judge has ordered Savannah political activist Clint Murphy to stay away from campaign worker Robin Wheeler until Sept. 1.

Wheeler alleged that, among other things, Murphy assaulted her last month at the Wild Wings restaurant in City Market.

"I have bruises on my arms where he was pulling me," Wheeler said in one of several e-mails included in a Chatham County Magistrate Court filing. "He stalked me to the ladies' room so I couldn't get out of the way."

Peterson, Larry (2008-6-24). Congressional campaign spat turns physical. Savannah Morning News. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.

Tweets from Murphy's twitter account condemned votes cast by Republican Nathan Deal against domestic violence bills.

"Nathan Deal's record voting against Domestic Violence laws and attempt to repeal rape shield laws is against GA values," one Murphy tweet reads.