In the coming days, I am sure you may choose to write about the inexcusable and embarrassing incident on the floor of the Senate by State Senator Charles Bishop. As someone who was only a few feet away from the incident, I want to share with you the facts which are far different than what was presented by Senator Bishop.

Also, I want you to know that this is just the latest confrontation between Senator Bishop and other Senators that have occurred dating back 20 years when he first tried to fight Senator Larry Dixon This year he tried to fight Senator Zeb Little on the floor, had a direct confrontation and threatened Senator Vivian Davis Figures on the floor, and now of course literally sucker punched Senator Barron on the floor of the Senate.

I want you to know that I was standing less than two feet from the two men and Senator Barron did not use any profanity at any time to cause this incident. The video footage also confirms this fact, This was the act of a man who has shown a pattern of using threats and physical violence for more than 20 years in order to try to get his way. As a physician, I agree with Senator Vivian Figures’ comments on the Senate floor that Mr. Bishop needs medical and psychological help.

I wanted to write to you on this matter in hopes that it will help you understand the facts of this issue and the pattern of violent behavior that has been exhibited by Senator Bishop for some time. It is my hope that the Senate will take action to insure that this type of embarrassing incident does not happen again. It is also my hope he will get the help he clearly needs.