Independence City Council Member Tom Van Camp reportedly was involved in a scuffle with another man outside a polling location Tuesday morning.
The alleged incident happened outside Christ United Methodist Church on 39th Street near Phelps Road. Van Camp, who represents the Fourth District – generally southwest Independence – is facing a potential voter recall, and some citizens were at polling locations Tuesday trying to gather signatures to get a recall measure on the ballot.
Lee Williams, who is the treasurer of the political action committee behind the citizen recall effort, was at that particular polling location but said she didn't witness the entire fight.
“Somebody wearing a Van Camp hat crossed the parking lot calling a Van Camp a 'sonofa-----' and the next thing I saw they were on the grass punching each other,” Williams said. “I thought it was a big joke at first, because of his hat.”
Williams said a voter in line called police, and by the time officers arrived both men had left the scene.
The incident happened shortly before 9 a.m., Williams said, and Van Camp had been there more than an hour, shaking hands with voters waiting in line while another person passed out literature against the recall effort.