Created: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:52:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:31:51 EST
A political brouhaha in the Macon-Bibb County Commission race for District 3 as the husband of one candidate is accused of choking the grandson of an opposing candidate.
The husband, State Sen. David Lucas, denied he ever laid hands on the youth.
Kinya Miller is the daughter of Terry Tripp, who is running for the District 3 seat against Elaine Lucas, a current Macon City Council member and the wife of Sen. David Lucas.
Miller said Lucas put his hands around the throat of her 14-year-old autistic son and pushed him.
The scene for all this was the "Commission District 3 Family Neighborhood Party," Wednesday evening at the Lakeview Club Ballroon.
Miller said she thought the party sounded like an open, community event and she dropped off her son, Chase King, and his sister to get some food.
To the Lucases and their son, Lenny, the event was a party for the supporters of Elaine Lucas's campaign.
"It was a private party open to those folks who support our campaign." Elaine Lucas said.
"I would've never allowed my children to go to one of her events," Miller said. "That's like throwing my children to a pack of wolves."
In a barely audible cellphone video taken by King, Elaine Lucas and her son can be seen approaching King and his sister.
After finding out they were Tripp's grandchildren, Lenny told them it was a private party and questioned why they were there as they didn't support his mother's campaign.
Elaine Lucas said Tripp's grandchildren were asked to leave but lingered.
"They were trying to create a disturbance and I repeat they had no business being there," Elaine Lucas said.
That's when Miller arrived to pick them up and a confrontation ensued outside the ballroom.
"Senator Lucas, you come out of nowhere," Miller said. "You put your hands around my 14-year-old autistic son's neck and push him."
Elaine Lucas said that never happened.
"Oh no, absolutely not," she said. "He didn't put his hands on the kid's neck, didn't touch him and was just there to break up an altercation."
Sen. Lucas wouldn't speak on camera but told WGXA that Miller's claims were "lies." He said he simply stood between his son and Miller's son but never touched anyone.
"This is typical campaign tactics where people get desperate and they want to create some news," Elaine Lucas said.
On Thursday morning, Miller brought her son to the doctor and said he had inflammation and soreness on his neck.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said his department would ignore the politics surrounding the complaint and investigate it as they would any other complaint.