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Democrat arrested outside Cantor event

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It is getting ugly in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.

The campaigns are accusing each other of slimy tactics. The battle is getting so heated, one volunteer was forced into handcuffs by police.

It was supposed to be a friendly event where voters could meet Congressman Eric Cantor at a coffee shop in Louisa. It ended with a supporter of the congressman's opponent being handcuffed and arrested.

Jon Taylor, a member of the Louisa Democratic Committee and a supporter of Rick Waugh refused to leave the private event. The owner of the shop then got police involved.

Louisa Town Police and the County Sheriffs struggled with Taylor for several minutes. The tangle required three officers before he was finally subdued. The fracas was captured on cell phone video by Taylor's son Bradley.

He claims the sheriffs and local police were out to get him before he said a word.

"The Louisa County police department was basically used by Eric Cantor's campaign to make a political statement," said Taylor.

The Sheriff's department strongly denies that charge. Department officials say two other people were asked to leave and did so without having to be restrained.

The Cantor camp claims that Rick Waugh's supporters often spring up at his events and then post the results on YouTube. Like video of Waugh confronting Cantor at a local event.

"Here's my cell phone, you can call me at any time," Waugh is heard saying as he attempts to hand Cantor a business card.

And a series of videos featuring someone dressed as a chicken. During one video, the chicken interrupted a private speech the congressman was giving.

Cantor spokesman Ray Allen Jr. said the incident was no different:

"This is a pattern with Rick Waugh of disruptive and frankly thuggish behavior," said Allen. "And frankly, he needs to get control of his campaign."

But Waugh's campaign manager says their campaign had nothing to do with the incident. Brian Umana also said that the slime goes both ways. Their candidate's car was vandalized and a sign painted with a racist slogan.

"We believe that is unfortunate and we unequivocally condemn any unlawful behavior to any political end," he said.

All this with just a week left until Election Day.

The Louisa County Sheriff's department said this incident is not a case of excessive force, and that the officers had no choice in the matter.

You can see the entire video, which was captured by Jon Taylor's son DecisionVirginia.com.

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