The video has been edited to remove profanity.
A fight broke out around midday Monday between longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and former Dallas council member Dwaine Caraway — with Caraway shouting and cursing at Price over an old and bitter personal dispute involving Caraway’s marriage.
Dallas police launched an assault investigation into the “altercation” but haven’t made any arrests so far. Price and Caraway were at the Gospel radio station KHVN, along with two other candidates, for a debate in their ongoing race for Dallas County Commissioners Court ahead of the March 1 primary election.
But after briefly arguing about their political positions, the debate turned into a personal shouting match that threatened to get physical, said developer Micah B. Phillips, who is also running to unseat Price. Phillips took video of the altercation and provided a copy to The Dallas Morning News.
The argument started after Caraway attacked Price, who’s under federal indictment on corruption charges. Price accused Caraway of lying, Philips said. But it quickly devolved into profane shouting, with Caraway hurling accusations at Price about a sexual relationship Price had with “my wife,” Caraway said.
It’s unclear what Caraway was referring to. Caraway has been married twice. His first marriage ended in 1994. He is currently married to former State Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, who is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas).
In a phone interview, Caraway declined to discuss any “personal stuff” that came out in the “heat of the argument.” He asked a reporter “not to break up my home with this bull —-.”
Caraway said Phillips’ video doesn’t tell the whole story. It all started, Caraway said, when Price got mad because a political ad for Caraway played during a commercial break. Caraway said Price grabbed and choked one of Caraway’s campaign workers, George Nash, who was “the smallest person in the room.”
“He grabbed him by the throat, choking him, scratching him on the throat and his arm,” Caraway said, adding: “a deranged, indicted person put his hands on a 115-pound young man.”
Nash told our news partners KXAS-TV (NBC 5) that he saw others holding back Caraway so he held back Price, who was advancing forward.
“As I was doing that, John reaches around and grabs my neck,” Nash said. “I knock his hand down. That’s where these scars came from. And then he grabs my arm and pulls me and scratches my arm and tries to throw me up against the wall out of the way.”
Phillips told The News that Caraway threatened to kill Price. But Caraway denied that allegation, saying that Price threatened to kill him.
Price didn’t return calls for comment.
KHVN News Director Robert Ashley said he didn’t hear the argument because he was in a sound booth, but rushed in when he saw a commotion. He said Price seemed to be defending himself. Ashley helped restrain Price, telling him, “John, come on, you’re better than this.”
“We’re kind of embarrassed to see something like this,” said Ashley, who has worked for the station since 1986 and has never seen the police get called there.
Video of the scuffle shows Caraway and Price cursing at each other and two men restraining Caraway, who at one point accuses Price of “[expletive] up my house,” among other allegations.
“I’m tired of you. … Ima get you,” Caraway says in the video. It appears that he tries to reach Price over the radio station’s studio desk.
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SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Naomi Martin