State representative Cobb indicted by grand jury
RHEA COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- District 31 State Representative Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, has served his district for three terms.
His resume is extensive, but his political career may be coming to an end.
Tuesday afternoon Rhea County deputies escorted Cobb to the Rhea County Jail after a woman accused Cobb of assaulting her on election day in August.
"One hundred percent politically motivated, that's all I've got to say," Cobb tells Channel 3 as he's escorted into the jail.
According to the incident report, the accuser claims she was in a wheel chair campaigning for Ron Travis outside a polling location on August 2, when Cobb approached her. The report goes on to say Cobb attempted to knock down a Ron Travis sign, and then proceeded to harass the woman for supporting Travis, he even raised his hand as if he was going to hit her.
"I've got witnesses so this will all come out in the wash. Only problem is when you stain somebody's record on purpose for political reasons, the stain never goes away," Cobb says.
Bruce Majors says he witnessed everything.
"What kind of deal would that be for a state representative, a 240 pound male hovering over some little lady in a wheel chair. He might as well blow his political brains out or something like that. Why...how...this is ridiculous. He didn't do that," Major says. "There was some loud language. Obviously there was some history that was there but there was no threats, nothing that anybody should have taken any note about."
Cobb spent a total of 30 minutes inside the jail after posting his $3,000 bond.
Channel 3 talked to the accuser, who says she's overwhelmed by all of this, but maintains Cobb acted inappropriately and even called her home phone and cell phone to harass her.
Majors says the incident has been blown way out of proportion.
Cobb is charged with assault, a misdemeanor.
He will be arraigned in court on Friday.