Corwin Staffer Shoots Video of Campaign Smackdown

May 12, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 8:39 AM EDT

By John Borsa

May 12, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 8:39 AM EDT

LOCKPORT, NY (WKBW) - Republican congressional candidate Jane Corwin said she will not ask her chief of staff to release the raw footage of an altercation between the staffer and Corwin's Tea Party rival Jack Davis.

"It's not my video," Corwin said before a campaign appearance in Lockport Thursday night. "It has nothing to do with me quite frankly."

Corwin, a member of the New York State Assembly, confirmed her chief of staff, Mike Mallia, recorded the video at Davis' campaign stop in suburban Rochester Wednesday night.

Mallia is heard on video asking Davis why he dropped out of Thursday morning's debate when Davis responded by smacking the camera.

Mallia is heard grunting, apparently in distress, as a Davis staffer moves in.

The video was posted to YouTube Wednesday night by Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy, who declined repeated requests to release additional footage.

Just 15 seconds was posted to the Internet video-sharing site.

Eyewitness News asked Corwin if additional video footage should be released.

"I think we're missing the point here," she said. "Jack Davis did not behave very well."

Did Corwin's staffer behave properly in the unseen moments before Davis swiped at his camera? Only the raw footage will answer that question.

"Like I said, it will be up to him to decide [to release it] because that's his video. It was on his time," Corwin said.

Corwin is in a tight three-way race with Davis and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate, for the 26th congressional seat which was vacated when Republican Chris Lee resigned earlier this year.

Lee sent a shirtless photograph of himself to a woman he was flirting with online.

The special election is Tuesday, May 24.