Mayoral candidate punched by man and taunted by flying dildo while on stage

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A mayoral candidate was punched after being taunted by a dlido attached to a drone at a campaign event in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

It marked the second time the “Dongcopter” – which has its own Twitter account – had been used to harass a New Mexico politician in recent days

The man who is accused of flying the drone was later identified as 20-year-old Kaelan Ashby Dreyer.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, mayoral hopeful Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III was not injured and claimed he attack was the work of “political operatives”.

The incident occurred at the Revel Entertainment Center, as the Democrat addressed a group of around 70 people and was partially caught on video.

A woman in the audience reportedly asked: “Is that a dong on a drone?”

The venue owner confiscated the drone as it was flying over the stage before Dreyer tried to grab it back, causing a scuffle to ensue according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Dreyer reportedly then threw a punch at the sheriff’s arm while yelling: “he’s a tyrant”.

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“He tried to take a swing at me and he glanced across my arm,” Gonzales reportedly said.

“He struck me and I just took a step back. It wasn’t anything I was very concerned about. I’ve been in a lot worse situations.”

Dreyer was arrested on charges of petty misdemeanour battery and misdemeanour resisting, evading or obstructing an officer before being released on his own recognisance, while the drone was tagged into evidence.

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Speaking at a press conference the following day, Gonzales accused Dreyer of working for incumbent Mayor Tim Keller, a rival Democrat.

“Those people were planted there,” Gonzales said. “They went there. They didn't go over there to have a civil discourse, they were there to disrupt. And they did act out that violence. So to me, it's very intentional.”

Keller’s campaign denied any involvement in the stunt, with campaign manager Neri Holguin saying: “To suggest we were behind it is pathetic and the kind of desperation that has marked Manny's troubled campaign.”

Dreyer himself also dismissed the allegation.

“Manny Gonzales is trying to associate me with Tim Keller or radical leftist behavior,” Dreyer told the Journal. “I'm not a fan of Tim Keller either and identify as libertarian.”

The “Dongcopter” was also caught on video flying outside a church that was being visited by Republican congressional candidate Mark Moores last week.

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