DECATUR — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said his former campaign field manager made a "tragic mistake" Thursday, when police arrested him after an incident at a campaign event for Davis' opponent, Betsy Dirsken Londrigan.
Levi Lovell, 25, was arrested outside JP Kelly's Bar after an altercation with two attendees of the Londrigan event and a bar employee, according to the Springfield Police Department.
Video obtained by Herald & Review media partner WCIA shows Lovell appearing to pester Londrigan and her husband at the event, being escorted from the bar and shoving another man outside.
Lovell was promptly fired after the incident, and Davis said he would not condone that behavior on his staff.
“If we all look back in our lives, we’d see where we’ve all made mistakes,” Davis said. “I certainly hope this young man gets another opportunity in the future to recover from that mistake.”
The most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission showed he was the second-highest paid member of the staff, making $4,838 in salary over the April-June filing period.
Londrigan said Friday that Davis reached out after the incident to apologize to her, her husband and staff. She said she appreciated the call, as well as how well her family and staff handled the situation.
“The people have been really wonderful, reaching out to make sure we are all OK,” Londrigan said. “I’m really proud of the way my family, staff and supporters handled everything very professionally and calmly.”
Video shows a drunk, belligerent Levi Lovell pestering @BetsyforIL and her husband at a campaign fundraiser. Bartenders and staff asked him to leave. He trolls them as “discriminating” against him because he’s black. View is obstructed, but it appears at least one punch landed. pic.twitter.com/eNgIVxkLxe— Mark Maxwell (@WCIA3Mark) August 16, 2018