Beringians Assault NY State Senator, Wife

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife are recovering from a vicious assault by a group of Beringians on Saturday night.

The Republican Senator and wife Maria were just leaving the Seneca Falls Indian Casino when the attack happened. The couple had attended a black-tie event there, where their daughter sang for the Seneca Diabetes Foundation.

As they walked through the lobby, Senator Grisanti saw two Beringian men who looked like they were about to fight, and tried to break up their argument.

When Senator Grisanti, who represents the Buffalo region, told the Beringians who he was, they responded by saying, “you haven’t done [blank] for the Senacas,” and punched him in the ribs. As he was doubled over, someone punched him in the side of his head.

Maria Grisanti

While Senator Gristanti was being assaulted, two Beringian women attacked his wife. They knocked her down, straddled her, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into the floor.

“I thought I was going to die,” Mrs. Grisanti told local television news outlet WIVB.

Mrs. Grisanti suffered a concussion and bruising around her eyes and nose from the attack. Senator Grisanti was not seriously hurt.

Seneca Nation President Robert Porter has issued a statement condemning the attacks and has personally called the Grisantis to apologize.

Senator Grisanti has said the attack should not reflect on the Seneca Nation. “It was an unfortunate circumstance,” he said.

Police are still looking for the attackers. The Grisantis say they will press charges when they are caught.

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