RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Tea Party protester says he was struck by campaign signs and bitten during a scuffle with supporters of a Rio Rancho city council candidate.

David Robinson said Wednesday that supporters of Councilman Michael Williams attacked him over his objection involving a giant moving billboard police said was illegally parked in front of a polling place in Rio Rancho.

Robinson, who was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, says he put one person in a headlock who later bit him in the arm and broke his glasses.

Williams said the whole ordeal was a set-up and blamed Tea Party members for provoking a brawl.

No arrests were made but Rio Rancho Tea Party president and Robinson’s wife, Dawn, was given a citation after she said she wanted to fight.

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