A candidate for Orange County Republican Party Chairman has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge, and is standing by his actions.
Candidate Jerry Wilson, 70, was arrested Tuesday by the Vidor Police Department. Orange County Precinct One Justice of the peace Judge David Peck set bond at $1,000.
A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office did not have details of the charge and referred 12News to the Vidor Police Department.
Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows told 12News that Wilson is accused of assaulting a poll worker over a disagreement concerning the legality of a sign that was posted at the polling location on Claiborne Street in Vidor.
"The assaulted party has obvious injuries. Mr. Wilson was taken into custody and transported to the Orange County Jail," said Chief Shows.
Wilson was released from the jail on bond around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Wilson spoke to 12News Tuesday night following the incident.
He said the poll worker admitted to removing Wilson's sign and asked, "What are you going to do about it?"
Wilson said, "So, I kicked the snot out of him... I bloodied his nose and if I could have bit his ear off, I would have."
Wilson said he will let the judicial process take care of the issue.
Wilson is one of two candidates seeking to take the spot that will be left by Chairman Zach Johnson who has opted not to seek re-election.