Tennessee Rep. Martin Daniel reports to jail after assault claim

State Representative Martin Daniel is accused of shoving GOP opponent on live Knoxville radio show

Tennessee State Representative Martin Daniel

UPDATE August 10

State Representative Martin Daniel must report to jail by August 18.

UPDATE July 28

State Representative Martin Daniel must report to jail by August 10, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. to be booked after an incident on a Knoxville radio show. According to Knox County court records, Daniel received a criminal summons for a misdemeanor assault charge.

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UPDATE July 27

Steve Hall says he has signed a criminal summons charging Martin Daniel with simple assault, a misdemeanor, after last week’s incident. A source within the Knox County Sheriff’s Office says they are in the process of serving the summons and Daniel will be allowed to turn himself in at a later date.

Attorney Greg Isaacs issued a statement saying he had been retained as Daniel’s lawyer and that Daniel was “surprised” that Hall had obtained the summons, despite Daniel’s apology.

Representative Martin Daniel was surprised to learn that his opponent had obtained a misdemeanor warrant following the events that took place on a radio broadcast last week.

Representative Daniel apologized for his reaction following repeated aggressive interruptions and being called a liar by his opponent. Representative Daniel’s apology was both heartfelt and sincere.

It is surprising that this warrant was issued only days before the upcoming election.

Although surprised by this development, Representative Daniel will respect the process and continue to diligently represent his constituents.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Steve Hall, a candidate for the GOP Primary for State House District 18, said he has filed a police report against his opponent after an incident during a live radio show in Knoxville.

A report was filed against State Representative Martin Daniel, according to Hall. He said he wanted documentation of what happened in case it is needed in the future.

Knoxville Police Department confirmed Hall filed a simple assault report. They said an investigator was assigned to the case.

“The attack upon me in the radio station is the latest in a series of increasingly unexplainable and bizarre events and statements from State Representative Daniel,” said Hall in a statement. “I am calling upon Martin Daniel to suspend his campaign for reelection immediately.

WATE 6 On Your Side reached out for comment from Daniel about Hall’s comments, but have not received a response. Hall is calling for Daniel to suspend his campaign after the incident.

Daniel did post to his Facebook page on Friday at around noon. “One should not expect to twice call someone a ‘liar’ here in East Tennessee and expect them to take it sitting down,” he wrote.

Facebook comment from Martin Daniel
Facebook comment from Martin Daniel

 

Audio from the incident shows Hall calling Daniel a liar over statements that he was the only businessman in the room. Shouting back and forth and a scuffle can then be heard.

Bryan Dodson, who is also running for the seat, told WATE 6 On Your Side all four candidates were in the Newstalk 98.7 studio Thursday afternoon to appear on the Hallerin Hilton Hill show. Dodson says Daniel made comments the other candidates didn’t think were true. Dodson says he saw Daniel shove Hall.

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Friday, Hall released the following statement:

“After yesterday’s attack by Martin Daniel, I was forwarded a copy of his press release in which he attempted to explain what happened.

“After reading it, I am very disappointed because his version of reality bears little connection with what the other five of the six people in the room saw and reported widely to the news media. Unfortunately, his long rambling media release bears little connection with the truth as everyone else sees it.

“The attack upon me in the radio station is the latest in a series of increasingly unexplainable and bizarre events and statements from State Representative Daniel.

“I am calling upon Martin Daniel to suspend his campaign for reelection immediately.

“This would give him time to recover from the stress of campaigning and would give him the opportunity to seek out whatever help might be beneficial for his own good. This would also provide a level of protection for other candidates and the public at large.”

Listen to the incident:

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