In politics it's just business not personal. Try telling that to the Lubbock County Commissioner candidates in precinct three, but don't stand too close when you do. A heated exchange between the two disrupted a political forum. FOX 34 is told it came close to blows.
As you would expect, Ysidro Gutierrez and Lorenzo "Bubba" Sedeno have different perspectives.
When the forum ended early the jawing moved to the outside of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church. The Democrat, Sedeno said Gutierrez, the Republican is calling him a "dead beat dad", which he considers way out of line. Sedeno said family should not be brought up in a campaign.
"I've paid a total of $99,600 for 12 years for one child," Sedeno said. "I've never been a dead beat dad. I pointed my finger to let him know that I meant what I said, leave my family out of this campaign if not we are going to have a problem. I don't see it as a threat, that's a fact."
Gutierrez said Sedeno is attacking him about his previous record as a County Commissioner. He held this post as a Democrat in the past. He adds Sedeno threatened him with physical violence shouting out verbal threats.
"I am not going to make the same mistake that Gilbert Flores made, and that was too allow Bubba to slam him," Gutierrez said. "There is nothing I would love more, but to talk to the voters of precinct three about issues and solutions, that's what I started to do last night, but he attacked me over, and over again. I knew it was not going to stop, it was going to go the whole hour. I had to end it."
Gutierrez said there are records proving that the State Attorney General filed suit against Sedeno for back-child support.