What’s with the animosity toward former elected officials this week? Yesterday someone took a swing at Mitt Romney. Today the son of former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne reveals his father — best known for his arena — was punched in the face in London yesterday. Byrne reported his attacker, previously unknown to him, warmed up by punching a phone booth, so his son assumes the man was mentally ill. Police apprehended the attacker promptly.
The 85-year-old Byrne says he’s not badly hurt. “I never fell down,” says the ex-governor, “like when I fought Muhammad Ali.” (No, really,that actually happened, at an exhibition in 1979.)