...on on the democratic underground grassy knowle.
Consider the following from the Washington Times:
But on DemocraticUnderground.com and other Internet sites, some Democrats said that the man in the photo was actually the girl's older brother.
"Ridiculous," Sophia's father, Phil Parlock, said of the hoax rumors. Huntington, W.Va., photographer Randy Snyder — who took the photos on assignment from Associated Press — also said the man in the IUPAT shirt was not Mr. Parlock's son.
"The guy was cussing [Mr. Parlock]. ... I thought they were going to come to blows," said Mr. Snyder, who said he was familiar with the Parlock family from years of covering political events in the Huntington area.
State lawmaker Kelli Sobonya, a Republican from the same town as the Parlocks, who says she has known the family for years, said the man in the union shirt is "definitely not" Mr. Parlock's son.
On Friday, IUPAT's president, James A. Wilson, issued this statement: "What happened in Huntington, W.Va., yesterday is an affront to everything we, as a union, pride ourselves to represent. We extend our apologies to the Parlock family, especially Sophia, for the distress one of our overzealous members caused them." IUPAT spokesman Gavin McDonald says the union will conduct a "step-by-step, thorough" investigation of the incident.
Another fact that roused Democrats' suspicion of Mr. Parlock was news reports that he had been roughed up under similar conditions at Democratic campaign events in 1996 and 2000.
"There is a consistency, in that I'm quiet, I have signs, I raise my signs, I get pummeled," Mr. Parlock told the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail.