80-year old father of candidate gives his version of scrap with Bogota Mayor Jackson

Claiming to be on his way to the local police department in order to file his own complaint, Salvatore Trotta of Bogota says he punched Mayor Tito Jackson in self-defense shortly after the mayor voted today.

The mayor has his own version of the event.

“I was out there in the parking lot and I walked up to him and said, ‘how do you do, sir?’ we shook hands,” Trotta said. “And I asked him, ‘You cut down these trees?'” 

Trotta, 80, gestured to a lot in question, which sparked a lawsuit filed by his daughter, a local candidate for office, and three others.

Trotta said Mayor Jackson told him, “Your daughter is nothing but a money hungry piece of sh*t.”

The 80-year old said he said, “Excuse me,” and the mayor told him, “You heard me.”

Trotta claims that Jackson initiated contact and shoved him.

“He jumped all over me. I went back two feet,” said the father of local candidate Tina Trotta.

“I’m 80-years old, I told him, ‘You’re looking at a federal offense, pal.”

In response, Trotta said he punched the mayor.

“He started screaming and ran away screaming, ‘I’ve been assaulted,'” said Trotta, who said he’s retired from the securities industry.  

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie