PITTSBURGH — A state representative accused of getting into an altercation with a campaign worker in May has been ordered to take an anger management course.
Rep. Jake Wheatley was accused of harassing and pushing the campaign worker for Aerion Abney while outside a poll location on Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
Wheatley's campaign said in May that Wheatley was “verbally taunted by the Abney worker” and a confrontation ensued.
The campaign worker, Kyle Stewart, claims he fell to the ground after Wheatley got in his face and bumped his chest.
“There was a chest bump and I don’t believe I’m in the wrong. I was simply supporting his opponent that day,” Stewart said.
Wheatley said the claim was false, citing surveillance footage. He said he briefly exchanged words with Stewart, who he claims was harassing workers.
The judge said video never showed Stewart falling to the ground.
A summary harassment charge filed against Wheatley will be dropped once the anger management course is completed. He has 90 days to do so.
“This was the best that could’ve happened in a bad situation. Bad judgment call from me, so it is what it is,” Wheatley said.
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