A Wisconsin man was hospitalized Tuesday after he leaped in front of his estranged wife’s Dodge Durango in an attempt to prevent her from voting for a candidate other than Gov. Scott Walker.
Although it is unclear who the wife, Amanda Radle, 30, wanted to vote for in the gubernatorial primary, her brother-in-law told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she supports the effort to recall Walker. The governor has infuriated the state’s unions with his initiatives to cut benefits and limit collective bargaining. Walker would be the third governor in U.S. history to be recalled.
Around noon on Tuesday, Amanda Radle and her husband, Jeffrey Radle, 36, were arguing outside a home in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., about her vote, according to a statement released by police. When she tried to leave, Jeffrey Radle stood in front of her car, which was parked in a dead-end alley.
She nudged him with her car several times, but each time, he bounced back to block her, according to a statement released by the Chippewa Falls Police Department. At one point he climbed onto the hood.
When she tried to drive around him, finally getting an opening, he reportedly lunged in front of the car and was hit, the police statement said. Amanda Radle then reported the incident to police.
Jeffrey Radle was transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire, Wisc. Mike Radle, Jeffrey Radle’s brother, told the Journal-Sentinel Tuesday that his brother suffered serious injuries and would stay at the hospital overnight.
He and his brother are staunch supporters of Walker, Mike Radle told the Journal-Sentinel, and his brother did not approve of his wife’s choice. Police Chief Wendy Stelter told the Journal Sentinel she believe the two are separated.
"These crazy liberal nuts are always pulling this crap," Mike Radle said. He said that Amanda Radle wanted to vote for “one of the women candidates,” according to the Journal-Sentinel.
Both Amanda and Jeffrey Radle are being referred to the District Attorney’s office for domestic-violence related charges, according to a statement released by Chippewa Falls police.
Police have responded several times to the home before, Stelter told the Journal Sentinel.
Whether either Radle voted in the election is unknown, and neither returned phone calls from msnbc.com. Regardless, Tuesday’s election produced Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as the primary winners. The recall vote is June 5.
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