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Republican congressional candidate Rayla Campbell says she has a fractured leg bone from fight

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 10/13/2020 Sean Philip Cotter
a man holding a flag: BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 5: Rayla Campbell at the No Mandatory Flu Shot MA rally outside the Federal Court House on October 5, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) © Provided by Boston Herald BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 5: Rayla Campbell at the No Mandatory Flu Shot MA rally outside the Federal Court House on October 5, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Republican congressional candidate Rayla Campbell says she has a fractured leg bone in a tussle with two women after a New Bedford Trump rally.

Campbell, who’s mounting a write-in campaign against Democrat U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley in the deep-blue 7th Congressional District seat that represents about two-thirds of Boston, said she was been kicked in the head and left with a mild concussion plus the leg injury.

Campbell, a Randolph Republican who’s become a mainstay at various protests and rallies around the area for a wide range of generally conservative causes over the past few months, said she’s “OK, just sore.” She told the Herald that as the Trump rally on the side of the street wrapped up, two very young women came up to her, yelling at her, and that she yelled back into her bullhorn, which they tried to “rip away.”

“They put their hands on me four times before I went back at them,” Campbell said. She said they all tussled on the ground, with one of the women trying to kick at her. She said she gave a report to police at the scene, and is now in a knee brace.

A New Bedford Police spokeswoman says cops “responded to an incident” after the rally and that the “investigation is ongoing” into all parties involved in the dust-up.

A 5-minute video posted online shows Campbell blasting a bullhorn siren at two young woman whose comments are drowned out by a man screaming insults at them. Campbell and one of the women mix it up at one point, going to the ground, but the camera doesn’t get a good view of that part of the fracas. New Bedford Police said they’re reviewing several different videos.

Campbell’s write-in campaigns — first in the primary election in September and now for the November general — have generated a fair number of headlines. Last month, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled against her in her suit to get her name on the November ballot, saying she didn’t get enough write-in votes in September.

And earlier in the summer she said she had to briefly relocate her family after a Pressley supporter posted a rant insulting the interracial relationship that Campbell, who’s Black, has with her white husband.

Campbell chairs the Massachusetts Black Voices for Trump group. She’s also worn apparel supporting QAnon, a far-right internet conspiracy theory that’s drawn the concerns of the FBI and generally centers around allegations of a deep-state pedophile ring run by the Clintons.

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