Another Minnesota Republican is punched by an attacker

It follows an assault on a GOP candidate on Friday.
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A second Minnesota Republican has been the victim of an assault in the space of a week.

The latest assault allegation comes from Rep. Sarah Anderson, a Republican running for re-election in House District 44A in Plymouth.

She told authorities that she was punched in the arm by a man she'd confronted after witnessing him kicking her campaign signs near her home.

She told CCX Media that she confronted him on Sunday, prompting him to charge her and back her onto Rockford Road with traffic coming. She said the man claimed he can do whatever he wants because he's an "anarchist."

Anderson said she followed the man to a nearby gas station in an attempt to get him on camera, at which point he charged her again and punched her in the arm while she was in her car.

Plymouth police are investigating the assault, Anderson says. 

Candidate punched in Benton County

The attack on Anderson came in the same week that Shane Mekeland, running for the Republican Party for a House seat in District 15B, said he was punched in the face at a restaurant in St. George Township, Benton County, last Friday. 

He was having a discussion with a man during a campaign stop, when the man apparently took offense to a comment Mekeland made about the middle class.

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Mekeland says he suffered a concussion from the blow.

"While I had never met my assailant, the words he yelled at me before he attacked lead me to believe his actions were politically motivated," Mekeland later wrote in a Facebook post. 

"When I chose to run for office, I expected to be politically attacked, but never physically. I weighed whether or not to share this today, but ultimately I think we all need a reminder to be civil to each other regardless of our perspectives."

The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the assault. 

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