A political candidate alledges he was attacked while canvassing in Wilton Manors on Sunday.
[Updated: 11:50 p.m. July 6]
Elijah Manley, a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, said he was treated rudely outside of an apartment complex close to NE 28th St. and NE 8th Ave.
“A horrible guy,” Manley told SFGN. “He came up from behind and started pushing me, following me...it was getting out of control.”
On Twitter Manley tweeted to his 12,000 followers: “I was just attacked by a racist white guy while canvassing in Wilton Manors today. I filed charges because this behavior is unacceptable.”
Manley said he intends to press charges against the man, Robert Breakell, 49.
“He pushed me, tried to drag me and verbally harassed me,” Manley said.
On Facebook Breakell denied the accusations saying "I asked a guy hanging door hangars to leave the premises. Apparenlty they want to politicize it and make it a shit show. Anyone who knows me, knows better." He also denied ever putting his hands on Manley.
Manley and Breakell both said on Facebook security footage would back thier stories up.
Wilton Manors Commissioner Julie Carson and human rights activist Michael Rajner quickly came to Manley’s defense and according to Manley police responded to his call in two minutes. SFGN has not yet received a copy of the police report.
Manley, 21, is seeking to upset incumbent Representative Bobby DuBose (D-Fort Lauderdale) in the Aug. 18 Democratic primary. Manley identifies as a queer black man.
“I am running for office because I want to help people,” he said, adding he is focused on matters of LGBT rights, infrastructure improvements and health care disparities.