Bristol Democrats nominated former mayor Frank Nicastro over incumbent State Representative Kosta Diamantis as their candidate for the 79th House District--but not before a fierce fight.
No, literally. There was a fight.
Within minutes of closing its nominating convention at City Hall, supporters of state Rep. Kosta Diamantis and city Councilor Frank Nicastro clashed in the hallway outside the council chambers.
After shouting, pushing and at least one injury to an elderly party loyalist, eight police officers converged on the meeting to restore order and try to figure out who did what to who.
The only certainty is that Marie Pasquale, a popular figure in the party, wound up sitting against a wall with a large bag of ice held to the right side of her head.
"You knocked over an old lady," screamed Mayra Berrios Sampson, a former party chair.
Mike Petosa, another party activist, said he tried to stop Busto, a Nicastro supporter, from attacking Dominic Pasquale, who backed Diamantis.
"He went like a maniac," Pasquale said, and tried to punch him in his rage.
Busto grabbed Dominic Pasquale’s glasses and threw them across a crowded room, according to Petosa and Pasquale. (Collins)
The first rule of Democratic nominating conventions? You don't talk about Democratic nominating conventions.
Diamantis will challenge Nicastro in a primary, or maybe they'll settle this with a rumble downtown.
Collins, Steve. "Democrats in brawl." Bristol Press 23 May, 2006.