When political love goes too far

When Clinton supporters go bad: Jose Ortiz, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa.

From The Carpetbagger blog, courtesy of the Democratic Underground: Brother-in-law stab another in voting dispute.

People, people! Love Barack or Hillary but take your battle to the polls. Not the kitchen floor. If you’re loved one is teasing you because you picked Team Hillary back in Feb. 07, that does not give you the right to stab them. Bad political lovers! Bad!

From Philly’s KYW Newsradio 1060:

One Montco Brother-in-Law Stabs Another in Voting Dispute

by KYW’s Brad Segall

The race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination continues to heat up — but in one Montgomery County, Pa. household, the debate turned violent.

Prosecutors say that two brothers-in-law tried to settle the presidential race on the kitchen floor of a Collegeville, Pa. home.

Jose Ortiz, 28, is now behind bars on felony assault charges after prosecutors say he stabbed Sean Shurelds inside a home in the 100 block of Honeylocust Court.

District attorney Risa Ferman says a heated debate over the candidates escalated into violence:

“One is a supporter of Barack Obama, the other is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, and an argument of words turned bloody when one brother-in-law tried to choke the other and the victim then responded with a knife and stabbed his brother-in-law in the stomach.”

Shurelds was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Ortiz is jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. Police found the knife in the dishwasher.

If Ortiz is convicted of the felony charge, he won’t be able to vote. And voter registration records reveal that Ortiz, who supports Clinton, is registered Republican.

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