Let's turn the Peter G Political Periscope towards St. Francois County in Missouri. It is represented by House District 107 in the state lege. It has been covered by Linda Fischer, a Democrat. She served her first term, and is running for re-election.
There are only two candidates. Fischer is the D's candidate. The R's candidate is John Fischer. They're married.
Last Friday, Linda was apparently granted an order of protection against her husband. She said on Tuesday that she sought the order for protection from "physical violence." According to court documents, Linda says John has been confrontational, irrational, and erratic (which explains why he's running for public office, the guy's a natural), demanded she give him her cell phone, and that he "previously and presently (is) using physical assaults as his mode of communication." "It is unfortunate that as an elected official your private life is potentially a theater for public disclosure," she said. "I trust the voters of St. Francois County will see through the political gimmicks and make the right choice."
John denies the allegations. He said he has argued with Linda but he has never been physical. He's offering a polygraph test to prove his innocence. He says he's running because he thinks the D's are handling the economy, stimulus money, etc. wrong.
I don't know about you, but I'd pay serious money to see what their next Thanksgiving is going to be like....