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.”Email | Print