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May 2, 2013 2:48 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Political Cat Fight Case Goes to Courtroom

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A political cat fight took a violent turn after one local woman says she was smacked in the face during last year's campaign. The woman has since filed assault charges and Thursday the case went to court.

Patricia Gonzalez says she has been scared knowing this day was coming.

"I couldn't even sleep last night, just thinking that I was going to see her," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez was a volunteer for the Rose Mesa-Harrison Democratic Congressional campaign. She claims Susie Luna Saldana, a political activist and supporter for rival candidate Jerry Trevino, slapped her last July in front of the courthouse.

"It was the first time that I had been assaulted like that by somebody like that I didn't even know," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez says she didn't even sit in the courtroom for the pretrial hearing because she was too nervous.

"Luckily, we didn't get to see each other face to face, but I still had somebody near me at all times," Gonzalez said.

During the hearing, Saldana's attorney's requested cell phone records. Gonzalez believes they want to see how many calls were made to Mesa-Harrison after Gonzalez filed assault charges. She says it wasn't a political stunt and that she only came forward for one reason.

"I just want this to stop she can't be doing this to anybody that just goes in front of her," Gonzalez said.

Saldana's attorney's recommended she make no comment, however, they say Saldana still claims she's innocent and didn't lay a hand on Gonzalez.

The trial is set for August 13th.

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