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Cleveland Prosecutor Candidate Gets Punched at Polling Place

| On 09, Mar 2012

Robert Triozzi, a county prosecutor candidate, got punched square in the face at a Cleveland-area polling location on Tuesday. WTF?? (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

What direction is our country headed in?

Let’s go to Cleveland, Ohio for a second where this past week some disrespect of epic proportions took place at a polling facility.

Robert Triozzi, a candidate in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s primary race, was greeting voters outside of a polling facility in Shaker Heights. Out of nowhere, he was approached by a man and punched in the face. The hit knocked Triozzi’s glasses off and gave him a bloody nose.

The Cleveland man who assaulted Triozzi stayed at the scene and police arrived to arrest him. He admitted his mental illness to police. The attack was unprovoked, according to witnesses. Triozzi took the hit like a champ, refused medical treatment, and continued on with his plans to campaign on the rest of Super Tuesday.

Triozzi is a former Cleveland Municipal Court judge and former Cleveland law director. He could have done something unknowingly in those positions to anger at least one person. It still doesn’t excuse the action at all.

I’ve always been nervous that this could be an outcome for people who are responsible for the incarceration of others. However, when you can’t VOTE in peace, there are some serious issues going on! And after seeing the unspeakable violence in the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy last year, I hope this type of action is not commonplace for candidates and elected officials.

Triozzi unfortunately lost his county prosecutor bid to Timothy J. McGinty, a former Common Pleas judge.



Are you at all surprised by this type of misdemeanor violence against local candidates? 


  1. Jocy

    I am surprised because most voters do not know the candidates for prosecutor, judge, etc. The only voters who really know and pay attention to these races are those in the legal profession. If I ever decide to run for the bench or county prosecutor, I will need a crackerjack PR team and security. Someone will have to write a press release to explain why my security had to pull me up off someone.

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