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April 7th, 2010
Bishop says she's 'sorry' about cell phone throw

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Kara Bishop.

STAFF REPORT

Kara Bishop, who assisted Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) for two years before running his successful Democratic primary campaign for county judge earlier this year, said Monday that she is sorry about an incident during which she threw a cell phone into Barton’s face last week.

“I am embarrassed that my emotions caused me to act out, and I am sorry that I injured Jeff Barton, a good friend,” Bishop said.

Barton and Bishop were sitting in his car outside his Kyle office on March 30, discussing her treatment options for dealing with a rare and serious physical condition and its ramifications, when she threw a cell phone and hit his face. Bishop said the discussion involved “some ongoing health and stress-related issues.”

As Barton’s office is near the Kyle Police Department (KPD) main office and a Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) substation, several law enforcement officers were quickly on the scene.

Barton sustained minor injuries to his mouth, including a bloody lip. However, he and Bishop maintain that the latter’s cell phone throw was not a deliberate attempt to injure him. Barton declined to press charges, saying that Bishop is “dealing with some tough issues.”

Barton said he and Bishop have discussed the possibility that she might not be able to run his campaign for county judge in November against Bert Cobb (R-San Marcos) because of her health issues.

Barton said he doesn’t presently have a campaign manager after he took 56.2 percent of the vote in the primary election against Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley). However, Barton said he has left the door open for Bishop, who is on leave.

“Commissioner Barton, along with his wife Cyndy and their family, have been generous in their support during this difficult period in my life,” Bishop said. “During the next few weeks, my family and I ask that people continue to respect our privacy.”

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0 thoughts on “Bishop says she's 'sorry' about cell phone throw

  1. Because throwing a cell phone in a car is such a serious issue that Kyle’s “finest” must repond quickly to such a threat. Should a bloody lip even be considered a “minor injury”? I mean you can get a bloody lip eating to fast for goodness sake. She’s dealing with some serious stuff, I’m glad he didn’t press charges and I’m glad to see she has some kick in her.

  2. @Jeremy: Look at it this way: A man and a woman are in a parked car, the woman throws something at the man, giving him a minor injury. The police don’t know who is in the car or what the circumstances are so they have to assume a “worst case” scenario and investigate it. From their point of view, it does look awfully suspicious. Until they’ve questioned someone, they don’t know if it’s a county commissioner having a discussion with his campaign manager or an attempted sexual assault or worse.

    That being said, it would be a silly thing to press charges over. If you can’t throw a cell phone at a friend once in a while then you can’t call that person a friend. 😉

  3. So much for privacy.

    What Commissioner Jeff Barton is putting this young woman through to escape his accountability is disgusting. Using her, chewing her up and spitting her out—all for his personal and political benefit.

    Anyone who associates with Barton has no conscience.

    I didn’t believe it possible but we are witnessing a new low in Hays County politics and human indecency.

  4. And you aren’t exploiting her for your political benefit either, Charles? Maybe everyone should just leave her be right now, and wish her the best. Seems she has enough to deal with without being used as a political football.

  5. Tell us how you *really* feel, Charles….lol….

    For the record, Ms Bishop has indicated that she and Mr Barton have gotten past it. They have also requested that we honor their request for privacy. I see no reason for anyone else not to be able to do both. Let it go.

  6. I am unclear as to exactly how the police became involved.

    Who called them, and why?

    Obviously a police report was generated out of this.

  7. Sean,

    You seem to miss the thrust of my comment. It isn’t about Ms Bishop—it’s about the sorry behavior of Commissioner Barton and how he misused Ms Bishop.

    Are you trying to help sweep that bad behavior under a Barton rug?

    Furthermore, you haven’t done your homework when you suggest that I’m, “exploiting her for your political benefit.”

    I happen to head up a nonprofit government watchdog organization that reports out bad behavior by public officials, and I’m not running for any public office. Our organization has exposed officials from both major parties, including former county judges Jim Powers(R) and Eddie Etheredge(D), Commissioners Russ Molenaar(R), Will Conley(R), Debbie Ingalsbe(D) and Jeff Barton(D).

    On a more personal note, public voting records will show that I tend to vote in Democrat primaries, the Party of Commissioner Barton.

    You suggest that, “everyone should just leave her be right now, and wish her the best.” Commissioner Barton is plastering multiple versions of his contrived stories all over the Internet that do nothing but defame this young woman in an effort to hide his bad behavior.

    Ms Bishop’s “public apology” contradicts Barton, who has a demonstrated history of spinning stories to his advantage.

    Perhaps you should be more vigorous in demanding justice for Ms Bishop than defending Commissioner Barton’s bad treatment of her.

  8. Well Charles, when I come back down to San Marcos later this month, I’ll be sure to get you a nice big cookie for all your hard “work.”

    Honestly, if you told me fire was hot, I probably would get a second opinion. I’ve seen you at work, and I don’t believe for a moment you actually care about Kara Bishop. I think you care about doing damage to people you don’t like, and you are, in fact , using this situation as part of your Ahab-esque quest against all things Barton. I think you are hijacking Ms. Bishop’s predicament, and not only is it tasteless, it’s pathetic. If you really cared, you’d back off. This is about the health and well-being of a good person, not another of your fantasy conspiracies.

    But, then again, it’s you Charles. Opinions notwithstanding, at least you’re consistent, even it is residing consistently at the bottom of the barrel.

  9. dano,

    You wrote: “They have also requested that we honor their request for privacy.”

    When an elected official and his young female county employee get into a public brawl during working hours that includes city police officers, sheriff deputies, fire department personnel and EMS responders there is no basis for personal privacy. The privacy issue contrived for Ms Bishop by Barton is to provide a shield that he can hide behind in an attempt to avoid accountability. It’s a ploy that won’t work for alert readers.

    How many of the Barton story versions have you read? Have you seen the story progression and the corresponding discrepancies with each passing day?

    Keep in mind that Barton and his minions (read Lila Knight and others) are trying to divert any attention away from Barton. Readers should keep their eyes on the real story.

  10. Sean Wardwell demonstrates my point:

    “I think you are hijacking Ms. Bishop’s predicament.”

    Where’s Barton in your thinking?

    “Honestly, if you told me fire was hot, I probably would get a second opinion.”

    Of course you would. Probably from Barton.

  11. Well, maybe I would get that second opinion from Barton, if for no other reason than he’s a better person on his worst day than you will ever be. I like him better than you, and trust him more than you, simply because he’s not you. If you were someone else, I might listen. However, given that you’re you, I just can’t. You are impossible to take seriously.

    Apologies to everyone for responding so much to Charlie. I should know by now that the best way to make him go away is to ignore him, or request a serious look at the contributors to, and practices of, HaysCAN. The latter, for some reason, always makes him vanish for a while.

    (Final comment)

  12. “Public brawl”? LOL….your bias is showing again, Chuck. Unfortunately, each time you sit down at the computer and type a comment like this, your credibility just erodes further and further…..

    It was Bishop who requested privacy, so even if you don’t feel the need to honor Barton’s request, can you not honor hers?

  13. When the police are involved, it is no longer a private matter. Sorry, Kara, but when you assault a public official in public and the police have to come and file incident reports and your parents are called to take you to a mental health facility, you have jumped out of your private realm into the public one.

    Why do you guys jump on O’Dell when the real story is about Barton and Bishop?

    A young woman, an aspiring politician, a hot temper and a flying cell phone. I am not the only one who finds this all very curious?

  14. I didn’t believe it possible but we are witnessing a new low in Hays County politics and human indecency

    Chuck is beginning to show self awareness. I agre with your assessment of yourself Mr. O’Dell.

  15. The Bartonistas are now trying to divert attention away from Commissioner Barton.

    “It was Bishop who requested privacy, so even if you don’t feel the need to honor Barton’s request, can you not honor hers?”

    When an elected official and his young female county employee get into a public brawl during working hours that includes city police officers, sheriff deputies, fire department personnel and EMS responders there is no basis for personal privacy. The privacy issue contrived for Ms Bishop by Barton is to provide a shield that he can hide behind in an attempt to avoid accountability. It’s a ploy that won’t work for alert readers.

    What Commissioner Jeff Barton is putting this young woman through to escape his accountability is disgusting. Using her, chewing her up and spitting her out—all for his personal and political benefit.

  16. Any other couple and I imagine the police would have either arrested or cited the aggressor who assaulted the victim, regardless of the victims unwillingness to press charges. Can I throw my phone at Barton now -with impunity?

  17. Anyone wishing to throw cell phones at people’s faces please gather at the San Marcos Library at 5 PM tomorrow night. We also need volunteers to be the “throwees”, as Jeff Barton seems to be busy that night……

  18. Chucky says “So much for privacy. What Commissioner Jeff Barton is putting this young woman through to escape his accountability is disgusting. Using her, chewing her up and spitting her out—all for his personal and political benefit.”

    So why was it that the first news of this incident appeared on your own private news media website? Was it for your own personal and political benefit Chucky?

    Chucky also claims: “On a more personal note, public voting records will show that I TEND to vote in Democrat primaries, the Party of Commissioner Barton.” (emphasis is mine).

    So your “tendency” is towards the Democratic Party – nice. Nothing like consistency… Maybe you should go back to the Republican Party where you belong.

    If we’re going to be throwing cell phones tomorrow at the SM Library – I have dibs on Chucky! I’m bringing my old bag phone…

  19. This is becoming old news really fast and has turned into something it’s not. I’m surprised no one has suggested to Bishop was a Republican plant. This non-story has truly taken on a life of its own. What’s next? Who will break this story wide open? Who Cares. It’s very simple if you like Batron, vote for him. If you like Cobb, vote for him. Or like 80%+ registered voters decided to do in the primary, don’t even bother voting at all.

  20. Charles O dell
    Leave folks alone if he doesnt want to press charges thats his bisiness

    no public money spent no concern of the public .

    your watching everyone MY POINT WHO IS WATCHING YOU

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