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If the ongoing feud between Speaker John A. Pérez and Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino didn't satisfy your appetite for recess drama, check out this recent dispute between Assemblyman Steve Bradford and an ice cream truck vendor in his hometown of Gardena.

The Torrance Daily Breeze reports:

State Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Inglewood, has accused a 73-year-old ice-cream truck vendor of trying to run him over while he was home in Gardena last weekend during the Legislature's summer recess.

The alleged aggressor, Jesus Izquierdo of Hawthorne, counters that he was simply trying to drive home when Bradford pulled up next to him and began screaming.

"I'm just trying to sell ice cream, why would I try to kill someone?" Izquierdo, who speaks little English, said in Spanish when told about Bradford's accusation.

Izquierdo claims Bradford tried to represent himself as an officer, and even flashed something that resembled a police badge at him - something Bradford has been accused of doing before with an honorary badge he receives as an elected official.

The men yelled between vehicles, though Izquierdo said he understood little of what Bradford said. He said the assemblyman has approached him several times in the past two years demanding to see his business license.

Bradford, 51, later told police that, as they argued, Izquierdo repeatedly veered into his lane in attempts to "run him off the road." Izquierdo said he was only trying to get away from the legislator, and that Bradford pulled in front of him to try to trap him.

Read the full story, published Friday, at this link.



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