Massachusetts lawmaker accused of choking political rival at restaurant

The Lowell Sun reports that Sam Meas made the allegation against Democratic state Rep. Rady Mom in a police report filed May 8.

Lowell,  MA 110614 Rady Mom (cq) in his Lowell office, Thursday,  November 6 2014. Mom (cq) will become the state's first Cambodian-American legislator. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section:  Metro slug:  07mom reporter: Sean Murphy
State Rep. Rady Mom. –Wendy Maeda / The Boston Globe, File

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has declined to issue a harassment protection order against a state lawmaker accused of choking a political challenger.

The Lowell Sun reports the judge on Thursday found there was no sufficient basis to file the order against Democratic Rep. Rady Mom in connection with what happened at a restaurant this month.

Sam Meas claims Mom responded angrily when he tapped his shoulder to say hello. Meas alleges Mom grabbed his neck and pressed a fist against his chest.

Mom’s lawyer, John Cox, says several witnesses disagree with that account. He calls the complaint politically motivated.

The lawmaker says he greeted Meas with a ‘‘normal handshake.’’

Mom is an acupuncture therapist who in 2014 became the first Cambodian-American elected to a U.S. state Legislature.

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