(Clarence, N.Y) Last weeks videotaped confrontation with Independent Third Part Candidate Jack Davis, is drawing strong criticism from some veterans.
78-year old Davis, a former Marine and Coast Guardsman, was in suburban Rochester for a "Salute to Veterans" ceremony.
On his way to his car after the event, Jack Davis was approached by a man with a video camera who demanded to know "Why he dropped out the debate (scheduled for the next day)?"
Davis appears to push the camera away while the camera operator reacts loudly.
The Erie County Republican Committee posted the 14 second confrontation video to YOUTUBE.
It was later determined that the man who shot the video was actually Republican challenger Jane Corwin's Chief-of-Staff, Michael Mallia.
David Bellavia, Iraq War Veteran, and former candidate for the 26th Congressional Seat, organized the Salute to Veterans event. He tells Eyewitness News that Michael Mallia disrupted the service and called Jack Davis a "coward."
According to Bellavia, veterans at the event are outraged over Mallia's conduct. "We need an apology," says Bellavia
David Bellavia dropped out of the race for the 26th Congressional Seat and is now supporting Jack Davis.
Bellavia tells Eyewitness News that an angry veteran in Florida is posting wanted signs offering $5,000 to anyone who can locate Michael Mallia and interview him about incident.
Reports have been speculating that Mallia went to Florida to avoid the videotape controversy.
Republican Jane Corwin's spokesperson declined to comment on Mallia, or the posters, saying only that the confrontation video of Jack Davis "speaks for itself."